Last year, a Republican Congressman from Iowa by the name of Rod Blum generated controversy when he wished a recession on Washington D.C. in a tweet.
Washington DC is booming. Tower cranes everywhere. Being built on the backs of US taxpayers. DC needs a recession. pic.twitter.com/BcE8kRPfUq— Rod Blum (@RodBlum) March 21, 2016
During an interview with an Iowa newspaper subsequent to that tweet, he doubled down on that assertion, suggested that the entire federal government needed a recession. That interview elicited this odd response from Blum, who got angry with the executive editor of the Telegraph Herald in Dubuque, Iowa for looking at him funny.
“Well, you’re looking at me funny. I mean, I don’t appreciate that. I don’t appreciate that. That’s kinda condescending. I don’t appreciate it,” Blum said.
That just gives you an idea of what kind of paranoid, easily-set off Congressman were dealing with here, because last night — in an interview surrounded by a bunch of kids — Blum stormed out after being asked a fairly innocuous question about whether he’d accept campaign contributions from people outside of his district despite prescreening his town halls to prevent anyone who wasn’t a constituent from getting in.
What an incredibly awkward situation he created for these poor kids.
Anyway, when Blum stormed out of that interview, he walked into a town hall, where he was met with a chorus of boos when he tried to explain his Yes vote for on Trumpcare.
GOP Rep. Rod Blum: “if you’re currently getting your health insurance through Medicaid, nothing’s going to change”— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) May 9, 2017
Iowa town hall crowd: pic.twitter.com/rBs55iouoA
Well, thanks to Blum’s prescreening procedures, at least we know for sure that these aren’t out-of-state protestors. Those are his constituents booing at him.
And if you’re wondering why everyone is holding up red sheets of paper, it’s because Blum wouldn’t allow protest signs, so protestors passed out red and green sheets of paper. The green sheets express approval; the red sheets disapproval. See a sea of red sheets may actually be more effective than a smattering of protest signs.