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Fla. Congressman Urges GOP Colleagues Not To Cancel Town Halls Due To Angry Protestors

Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL)
Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL)

A North Florida Congressman is calling on his fellow Republicans across the U.S. to not cancel their town halls due to angry protestors.

Hundreds of protestors have shown up at GOP congressional town halls to protest everything from the repeal of ObamaCare TO President Trump himself. But, that hasn’t deterred Florida's 1 st District Congressman Matt Gaetz.

Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL)
Credit Matt Gaetz Facebook page
Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL)

“ISIS and other fundamental terrorist groups are taking advantage of the fact that we don’t seem to be too serious about protecting our Southern Border with Mexico,” said Gaetz, to applause. “That is one of the many reasons that I will stand up and support President Trump when we begin building a wall...”

In fact, the usually outspoken Congressman is taking critics head on, like Gaetz did when a protestor told him he should be ashamed of himself at a recent open house.

“I’m not ashamed of myself,” replied Gaetz.

And, he urges his Congressional colleagues to follow his example.

“We as Republicans have the best argument,” said Gaetz, in a video. “We just have to be courageous enough to go and make it.”

Still, Gaetz says it’s his duty to listen to everyone, even those with a different viewpoint.

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