‘They Work For Us, Not the Other Way Around’: The View Panel Lights Up Over Town Hall Engagement
Town halls turn testy! GOP’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act created tension at town hall meetings Tuesday — the co-hosts weigh in. pic.twitter.com/qdiL61snaF
— The View (@TheView) February 22, 2017
Town hall frenzy is heating up around the country.
Yesterday, we reported on initiatives being taken by local organizations when their reps refuse to plan town halls. Later in the evening, Donald Trump himself weighed in, kindly defining the long-standing practice of political organizing for his 25 million Twitter followers. Finally, today the topic reached its full saturation point in the cultural discourse. We know this because it was discussed on The View.
Whoopi Goldberg laid it all out, showing clips of constituents angrily confronting their representatives in person before Jedediah Bila and Sunny Hostin gave their full-throated endorsement of the trend.
“I love it,” said Bila. “I like it because this is like a ‘power to the people’ feeling.”
Hostin, too, was all about the power belonging to the people. She pointed out that politicians “work for us, not the other way around,” so showing up to talk to them about the issues is vital.
Sara Haines observed that while many Republicans feel pressure to bow to Trump’s wishes right now — which Chuck Schumer discussed on The View yesterday — these town halls are a good way to remind them that if they don’t bend to the public‘s wishes, they’ll be gone in the next voting cycle.
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