Chaffetz was greeted with boos and jeers from people in the audience who disapprove of how he has been handling his duty to investigate President Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest, the environment, and Planned Parenthood funding, NBC News reports.
Utah Congressman Chaffetz gets totally owned by 10 year old girl's sick burn about science, refuses to answer her question & crowd goes wild pic.twitter.com/FxKUM2TklY— Aaron Stewart-Ahn (@somebadideas) February 10, 2017
As the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Chaffetz is being criticized for failing to probe potential conflicts of interests between Trump’s role as president and his private businesses.
"You're really not going to like this part: The President, under the law, is exempt from the conflict of interest laws," Chaffetz told one audience member.
Unfortunately for him, that response only made the crowd more rowdy, prompting them to hurl a collective chant of “Do your job!” at him.
Chaffetz tried — to no avail — to regain control of the crowd by repeating, “Hold on” and “give me a second.”
One of the few things he said that actually garnered a positive reaction was when he condemned Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway for promoting Ivanka Trump’s clothing brand from the White House earlier this week. He said Conway was “wrong, wrong, wrong” for her unethical conduct.
In the end, it seems Chaffetz couldn’t handle the tough crowd because he eventually skipped out early without responding to press.
Putting pressure on politicians to execute the jobs they were elected for with honesty and transparency is exactly what voters should be doing. By turning up the heat on Chaffetz, his constituents made sure that their voices were heard.
One may be inclined to feel bad for Chaffetz, but as the old saying goes, “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.”
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