Whether the massive turnout at GOP town halls truly is an organic, grassroots phenomenon or not, it has succeeded in making sure that not just the local but the national media is on hand to cover each and every one of them as a news event. But there’s a good reason:
These town halls are different from 2009: Back then, it was a political prank. Now, it's about life and death.
— Jonathan Allen (@jonallendc) February 23, 2017
As a result, Republican legislators are having their every word analyzed and critiqued on social media while Hillary Clinton trolls them from her rustic cabin in the woods outside Chappaqua. (Hopefully she learned from Huma not to share an Internet-connected laptop with her husband.)
Tom Cotton town hall may be the wildest one of these I've seen yet. Crowd is yuge. They just drowned him out w/ boos & “do your job” chant.
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 22, 2017
By most accounts, there were 575 million people crammed into Sen. Tom Cotton’s town hall meeting Wednesday night, but one questioner caught the media’s attention: an adorable child had come to ask why Trump was insistent on dismantling the fine children’s programming on PBS to fund the border wall.
Last question at the townhall, 7 year old asks Cotton why would Trump cut PBS kids programming for "just a wall."
— jasoncherkis (@jasoncherkis) February 23, 2017
Adorable 7 year old boy named Toby complains to Sen. Cotton about Trump "He's deleting all the parts in PBS kids just to make a wall"
— Liz Goodwin (@lizcgoodwin) February 23, 2017
Normally we wouldn’t let a 7-year-old set the direction of the budget, but since he was adorable, we’ll allow it.
At town hall, 7-year-old asks Arkansas Sen. Cotton about defunding PBS and building the wall. "You can still have one and have the other." pic.twitter.com/LNFK1ybuUE
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 23, 2017
Just tuned into the Tom Cotton town hall and it was a 7 year old boy asking about PBS funding so if you're looking for me I'm the puddle
— Siobhan Thompson (@vornietom) February 23, 2017
Must be the climate change in those parts, because not everyone melted at the prospect of “killing Big Bird” in front of an innocent child, even though members of Congress have been crying about it forever now.
It was a sad night young Toby fell prey to the scourge of fake news… https://t.co/XonLu6ElUY
— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) February 23, 2017
@bdomenech The wall will be measured in lengths of Big Bird, Toby.
— Dan Ornelas (@DanielMOrnelas) February 23, 2017
— Ric Flairs Toupee (@AnybodyOutThar) February 23, 2017
— Kristi (@Kristi0729) February 23, 2017
Toby had better get to bed early if he’s going to be on all the cable news shows tomorrow morning to recount his experience.
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Romney was right AGAIN? Turns out Big Bird can survive without public funding http://t.co/VSmAjikvJD
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 13, 2015