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 AmashDem rep polls Twitter followers on whether a hot dog is a sandwich Dems launch ‘no confidence’ resolution against Trump House passes 6.5B defense policy 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 ChaffetzGuess who’s stumping for states' rights? GOP Rep. Gowdy slams Trump team for 'amnesia' on Russia meetings California Dem sworn in as House member after delay 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."