Republican Tells Constituent To ‘Shut Up’ Over Violence Against Women

After trying to quiet down the crowd, the Republican lost his cool, pointed his finger at the man and told him, “You sir, shut up!”

Is there no end to Republicans trying to silence the issues on women?

A Republican congressman told a member of the audience to “shut up” when he voiced his concerns about violence against women in the country.

Joe Barton (R-TX), in a video that’s just been released, was addressing a large crowd at a town hall meeting in Frost, Texas, when a constituent asked the Republican to cooperate with Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) to sponsor a legislation that combats violence against women, the Dallas News reported.

“Given your voting record opposing legislation protecting women from violence, will you make a commitment to us today, make a promise that you will reach out to Congresswoman Jackie Speier and work with her to see this bill successfully through Congress?” the man asked.

Barton tried to explain why he voted against a previous bill: because he believed violence against women was a “state issue,” not a federal one. However, his reply is absurd as it implies women’s rights, specifically the right not be abused, should vary state by state. Predictably, his words were met with boos and jeers from the crowd.

“It’s violence against women, that’s a national issue,” one person yelled. “That is an issue that impacts everyone everywhere, not only in this country but everywhere.”

After trying to quiet down the crowd, the Republican lost his cool, pointed his finger at the man and told him, “You sir, shut up!”

The proclamation had the opposite effect as the audience burst into angry conversation.

A man can be heard speaking loudly, “You don’t tell anybody to shut up. You work for us!”

Much of the reaction on social media was also the same.

“Guess it’s only OK for you to hold town halls with people who don’t question or disagree with you,” one commenter wrote. “Newsflash Mr. Barton: You are a public servant who works for ALL the people in his district. If you don’t understand that, then you don’t deserve to hold that office. Shame on your disgraceful behavior!”








In a written statement, the Republican explained the man he told to shut up was actually being disruptive and talking over others. However, it does not seems so from the video.

Barton also said he went back to the man to give him a chance to voice his concerns at the end of the meeting.

"I appreciate the interest and participation at every town hall meetings I host," he said.

His actions indicate otherwise.

Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, Jason Reed 

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