Brawl breaks out in Congressman Katie Porter’s Town Hall

Congressman Katie Porter (D-CA45) speaks without a microphone during a town hall meeting at Irvine-Mike Ward Community Park, California, Sunday, July 11, 2021.  (Robert Gautier / Los Angeles Times)

Congressman Katie Porter (D-Irvine) will speak at a town hall meeting at Mike Ward Community Park in Irvine on Sunday. (Robert Gautier / Los Angeles Times)

A brawl broke out at Congressman Katie Porter’s district town hall meeting on Sunday, and her supporters fought with former President Trump’s supporters who were loudly interfering with Congressman while she was speaking.

Irvine Democrat Porter said the protesters’ actions were planned and gave all attendees the opportunity to ask questions.

“It’s a shame that a small but loud group of participants who promoted the’conflict rally’created a dangerous situation at a planned family-friendly event,” Porter said in a statement. “I absolutely respect their right to oppose, but their turmoil despised all families present and was ready to engage in a thoughtful, civil and safe manner.

“My team and I appreciate the next steps, but my promise to Orange County’s family is that I will continue to hold town halls and discuss with them.”

Porter referred to an Instagram post by Nick Taurus who said he was against her in the midterm elections. On Thursday, he invited supporters to “CONFRONT KATIE PORTER!” At the city hall.

“Katey Porter is a far-left ideology backed by Bay Area scholars, billionaires, and foreign lobbies!” He wrote in a post. “Her American last policy is terrible for 45th The district and we will express our dissatisfaction. “

Taurus was one of the people involved in the conflict. He declined to comment on the Times.

Flaca broke out shortly after Porter began talking to a crowd of hundreds at Mike Ward Community Park in Irvine. It was her first face-to-face city hall since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

A short battle broke out involving several opponents of Congressman Katie Porter (D-CA45).

A short battle broke out involving several opponents of Congressman Katie Porter holding a town hall meeting at Mike Ward Community Park in Irvine. (Robert Gautier / Los Angeles Times)

“I’m very excited to be here with you today. Thank you for your feedback,” he said. “This is an outdoor activity. It’s windy. So, regardless of your opinion, make sure everyone suppresses your voice and keeps you quiet so that you can have a conversation.”

As a mother of three, she was often worried about finding childcare to be able to attend such an event, so she instructed the team to make the event family-friendly. Her staff handed out popcorn, shaved ice, and pocket copies of the Constitution to the children.

“I’m really excited to have kids here today. I want to make this a very family friendly environment, even when talking about difficult issues,” Porter said.

While she was speaking, a handful of protesters shouted, “Carpetbagger Katie!” “Corrupt Katie Porter.” They continued to interfere with her while she was talking about climate change, COVID-19 vaccination, and other topics.

Porter supporters, who made up the majority of the crowd, shout “Katie! Katie! Katie!” Or “Shut up!” Several protesters confront, resulting in punches and men on the ground. I fell down. Porter rushed into a brawl, wrapping his arm around an elderly woman near Scrum.

Irvine police officers intervened and separated the faction. A spokeswoman for one department did not answer questions about whether someone was arrested or injured.

Police detain opponents of the voice of Congressman Katie Porter (D-CA45) after a brief battle during a town hall meeting.

Police detain opponents of Congressman Katie Porter’s voice. (Robert Gautier / Los Angeles Times)

Porter’s parliamentary district is expected to be fiercely contested in next year’s midterm elections as Republicans seek to regain control of parliament. Wealthy districts include Irvine, Tustin, Villa Park, Laguna Hills, Lake Forest, Rancho Santa Margarita, as well as parts of Anaheim, Orange, Laguna Woods, Mission Viejo and Trabuco Canyon.

Porter, a 47-year-old lawyer, turned over this former Republican base in 2018 and became the first Democrat to represent the district, winning a re-election with 7 points last year. Still, her election performance was lower than that of President Biden. That’s part of why she’s in the Democratic incumbent targeted by the National Republican Party in the middle of next year.

Republican officials claim that Progressivist darling Porter is too free for her swing district.

Torun Sinclair, a spokeswoman for the National Republican Parliamentary Commission, said: “It will sacrifice her reelection.”

No prominent challenger has emerged to compete with Porter.

Anyone who ultimately challenges her can face a tough battle. A disciple of Senator Elizabeth Warren (Democratic Party), Porter is conducting a phenomenal fundraising campaign, asking sharp questions to corporate leaders and government officials, and using a whiteboard to explain complex policies. Has attracted national attention.

After the rally, Taurus said, “America First! America First!” And asked the audience if they were from America.

Kathleen Ripley, 35, frowned as she looked. Irvine residents support Porter, but she is critical of lawmakers for wanting to talk about college debt. However, Ripley left the city hall, suffering from the glasses he witnessed that afternoon.

“It’s upset,” she said. “But it doesn’t make sense to talk to them. They literally had the opportunity to ask questions like everyone else in us … but instead, they were rude and here with lawmakers. I decided to shout to everyone else. “

This story was originally Los Angeles Times..

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