Outburst from attendees at a town hall meeting with Congressman Kevin Cramer
MANDAN—Police had to step in and kick two people out of a town hall meeting with Congressman Kevin Cramer on Thursday.
Tensions surrounding politics are high right now and they came out today toward Congressman Cramer in Mandan.
"Answer it yes or no." one man at the meeting said.
"Shut your mouth." a different man said.
"Will the rich benefit from, the health care is destroyed, do the rich get a tax cut? Yes or no." the first man said.
"Of course not." Cramer said.
This happened when a man went toward Congressman Cramer, yelling about healthcare issues and taxes.
Cramer can be seen in this video trying to calm the situation, but that wasn't enough.
One man was thrown out for trying to stop the man from shouting.
Police then stepped in again when a man tried shoving money in the congressman's shirt collar.
Cramer says that while incidents like these are not ideal, it's part of his job.
"I don't have to agree with them, but I still have an obligation to listen to them. I don't blame people for their anger or anxiety. if they disagree with me or somebody else, I understand that. I still think I have an obligation to listen to them." says Rep. Kevin Cramer.
Congressman Cramer says he's never had people get physical or as confrontational as they did today, however in February there was an angry crowd that packed a similar event in West Fargo.
Cramer had another event tonight in Bismarck which was described as much less eventful.