Virginia Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger recently tried to explain her thoughts on the “incredibly, incredibly serious” allegations driving the impeachment of President Trump, but her constituents think they’re “bullshit.”
Spanberger got an earful from residents who attended a Spotsylvania, Virginia town hall on Sunday, when the freshman lawmaker attempted to justify her shift from a “no” to a “yes” on impeachment.
“The allegations against the president are incredibly, incredibly serious,” Spanberger said.
Folks who showed up to gym at Chancellor Middle School weren’t buying it.
“Incredible bullshit,” one man shouted. “It’s crap. It’s crap.”
“It’s lies, it’s all lies,” another said. “You know that.”
Nevertheless, she persisted.
“No one has dispelled or attempted to dispel or provide evidence that would exonerate the president,” Spanberger said, reciting Democrat talking points.
“He hasn’t done nothing!” one constituent shouted.
“He hasn’t done anything wrong!” another yelled.
“Y’all have been trying to impeach this man since he got elected,” another man said.
“Did you really say that?” one person asked sarcastically, according to CNN. “You have to prove you’re innocent?”
When Spanberger argued impeachment is “a constitutional remedy that is outlined in the Constitution,” another person cut her off: “But if it’s such a polarizing issue, let’s put it to the voters next fall.”
“This isn’t about this election. This isn’t about this president. It is about the presidency,” the lawmaker insisted. “It is about what behavior is deemed to be appropriate. It is about the security of our 2020 election.”
Spanberger is the first Democrat to represent her district in nearly a half century, and the town hall in Spotsylvania was her 12th since taking office in January. About 85 people showed up Sunday and those who wanted to speak were given tickets, which were drawn at random, Fredericksburg.com reports.
Michael Berry, of Fredericksburg Virginia Patriots, used his time to press Spanberger on the Second Amendment, and how her position on gun ownership jibed with municipalities in her district that have passed resolutions promising not to enforce federal laws that conflict with the right to bear arms.
“What are you going to be doing to safeguard our constitutional, natural rights to bear arms?” Berry asked.
Spanberger touted her time as a law enforcement officer and noted that she’s voted against her party, including against Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House and against the budget. She vowed to “affirm” the Second Amendment as “a fundamental constitutional right,” but it wasn’t enough for several in attendance.
“She doesn’t represent us,” one man shouted from the back of the room. “What has she done since she’s taken office to help this country? Not a damn thing.”
Spanberger tried to explain that she supports red flag laws in many states that allow family members or law enforcement to initiate gun confiscation for certain individuals deemed a risk, but it didn’t sit well with her audience.
She attempted to ask Berry whether he uses an assault rifle for hunting, but it only made matters worse.
“What does that have to do with anything?” one person shouted.
“It’s none of your business what I do with it, it’s my right,” another said.
Paul Moog told Spanberger he’s not interested in “double-talk from the government” and pointed to efforts by Virginia Democrats to ban “assault firearms” in the state.
“We will not give up our guns, we have no duty to obey an unconstitutional law,” he said. “Hundreds of thousands of people are gonna turn into felons if you Democrats continue doing what you’re doing, and I’m not going to stand for it.”