Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz faced a chorus of boos in his home state of Utah, clashing with a hostile town hall audience over his role in investigating President Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest, the environment and funding for Planned Parenthood.
Constituents jeered Chaffetz, who is chairman of the House Oversight Committee, over what they saw as his failure to examine potential conflicts of interests between Trump’s private businesses and executive role.
Videos from the event posted on social media showed the crowd erupting into chants of “do your job,” in response to that answer.
Some Republican lawmakers have reportedly cancelled planned town hall events to avoid being confronted by constituents. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) called off an event scheduled to be held in April, with a spokesperson telling local media in his district that “liberal activists” planned to turn the event into “a disruptive show for their own political theater.”
Chaffetz is getting booed by my mother in the auditorium of my old high school. Sometimes, life is beautiful. #ChaffetzTownHall
— Sasha Smith (@SashaPSmith) February 10, 2017
— Utah Indivisible (@UtahIndivisible) February 10, 2017