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The Palm City Republican was the most recent member of Congress to face constituents infuriated by policies supported by the Republican Party and by President Donald Trump.
Mast, a double amputee Army veteran elected in November, held the meeting to address the concerns of military veterans, but he got an earful on a host of other issues, particularly the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.
Most of those in the audience seemed intent on tearing into Mast, though the congressman had plenty of supporters among the nearly 500 people who showed up.
Unlike some in his party who returned to their districts, Mast did not cancel the town hall meeting, nor did he lose his temper as angry audience members booed some of his answers or shouted at him in fury.
Audience members seemed most angry about Mast’s support for a repeal of Obamacare and a border wall between Mexico and the United States, two of Trump’s prominent policy goals.
Many of the talking points that stood Republicans in good stead on the campaign trail – respect for states’ rights, getting rid of ‘waste, fraud and abuse,’ repeal of Obamacare, bashing illegal immigration – drew condemnation Friday. Audience members also booed whenever Mast veered into long answers instead of saying ‘yes,’ or ‘no.’
But respect for Mast’s military service – and the congressman’s calm responses over the course of the meeting – kept the audience from completely letting loose on him.
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