Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) recently held a town hall meeting at a high school near Salt Lake City, and if he thought he would be speaking to a friendly, home-state audience, he quickly realized that would not be the case.
A packed auditorium of about 1,000, plus another 800 people lined up outside who could not get in, loudly expressed their discontent with Chaffetz, who was part of past investigations into Hillary Clinton, for his unwillingness to be more critical of policies pushed by President Donald Trump.
Things were rocky right from the start when the crowd got on Chaffetz for dodging the first question.
The angry crowd wasn’t pleased with some of his early responses to questions, and they chanted “Do your job! Do your job!” at Chaffetz, who downplayed Trump’s tweet attacking Nordstrom for dropping Ivanka Trump’s clothing line. Chaffetz, did, however, criticize Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway for urging people to buy Ivanka’s brand.
The crowd became increasingly frustrated when Chaffetz was asked why he’s not conducting oversight on Trump to match that of Clinton. Again, chants of “Do your job!” rang out.
Chaffetz said he has criticized Trump in the past, but he told the crowd that Trump is “the far better choice” for president. The crowd erupted in boos again. He defended his decision not to dive into investigations of Trump, saying “no reason,” and that, too, did not sit well with the crowd.
Almost any time Chaffetz said Trump, boos rang out.
Here was the response from the crowd when Chaffetz told them he wants Trump to release his tax records, but that it is not required by law for him to do so:
When the event ended, Chaffetz left the auditorium to more boos.