On Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) revealed that he will no longer hold public town halls. His reasoning is because he doesn’t want protestors from outside his district to come and disrupt them.
Speaking at a Boy Scouts event in Wisconsin, Ryan stated, “Aside from the obvious security concerns, what we have found is there are people who are trying to come in from out of the district to disrupt town hall meetings and not have a civil discussion, so what I have been doing is looking for new and creative ways to interact with my constituents in a civil way.”
“That’s why I have done a number of telephone town hall meetings, which I find very effective as people don’t have to travel. I do office hours. I just did them this morning in Janesville. In addition, I am doing a lot of business ones,” Ryan continued.
He talked more about the office hours he is planning to hold for his constituents.
“If you want to come do office hours, they schedule office hours because I don’t want to have a situation where we just have a screaming fest, a shouting fest where people are being bussed in from out of the district to get on TV because they are yelling at somebody,” he said.
“That does nobody any good, and what I want to do is have a civil, good conversation with constituents, and that’s why I do all these different things, whether it’s planned tours, telephone town halls, office hours and the rest.”
This comment by Ryan comes as the GOP are facing heat because of their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Ryan faces reelection in 2018. Ryan will be going against Democratic opponent Randy Bryce.
Below is the video of Ryan talking to reporters about his decision:
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