GOP rep pushes back on Trump's tweet about town hall protests

GOP rep pushes back on Trump's tweet about town hall protests
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Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashHouse votes to crack down on undocumented immigrants with gang ties GOP lawmaker taunts House conservatives: Trump’s base is not ‘small faction of obstructionists’ Overnight Finance: GOP plans to unveil tax framework in late September | Critical stretch for Trump tax team | Equifax CEO called to testify | Sanders unveils single-payer bill MORE (R-Mich.) on Tuesday pushed back against President Trump’s claim that “liberal activists” are organizing agitated protests in GOP districts throughout the United States.

“They are our fellow Americans with legitimate concerns. We need to stop acting so fragile. I'm proud to defend liberty and the Constitution,” Amash wrote on Twitter in response to Trump's tweet. 

Trump referred to the protesters as “so-called angry crowds.”

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“The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!” Trump tweeted earlier Tuesday.

Republican lawmakers across the country have encountered protesters at town hall-style events in recent weeks, including House Oversight Chairman Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzFive memorable moments from Hillary Clinton’s newest book Clinton says she mistook Chaffetz for Priebus at Trump's inauguration Curtis wins GOP primary for House seat vacated by Jason Chaffetz MORE (R-Utah).

Amash has been an outspoken critic of Trump, recently panning the president’s executive order temporarily barring nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries entering the United States.

He has faced packed town halls in his home state recently with hundreds of constituents, many of whom are anti-Trump. 

"I think it is critical that members of Congress hold in-person town halls like this," Amash said at an event about two weeks ago. "There aren't enough of people on either side of the aisle who do it."