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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 AmashOvernight Defense: House votes to renew surveillance program | More drones, troops headed to Afghanistan | Former officers urge lawmakers to curb Trump's nuclear powers Overnight Tech: House votes to reauthorize surveillance powers | Twitter on defensive after Project Veritas video | Senate panel to hold hearing on bitcoin Overnight Cybersecurity: House votes to renew NSA spying | Trump tweets spark confusion | Signs Russian hackers are targeting Olympics | Bannon expected to appear before House Intel panel 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 ChaffetzLet’s not fail in our second chance to protect Bears Ears Trey Gowdy announces retirement from Congress House Oversight slams TSA after report says officials 'interfered' in disciplinary case 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."