Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) doesn’t like it when his constituents disagree with his votes – particularly his votes regarding violence against women.
During a spirited town hall in Frost, Texas, one male attendee asked Barton if he’d make a promise to reach out to Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) and work with her to sponsor legislation that would combat violence against women.
Barton tried to explain why he voted against the Violence Against Women Act, saying he believe that is a state issue and not a federal issue. He was met with boos, and the attendee said, “It’s violence against women, that’s a national issue. That is an issue that impacts everyone everywhere, not only in this country but everywhere.”
Evidently that was Barton’s last straw, and he pointed to the man who asked the question and barked, “You, sir, shut up.”
Barton’s shameful attempt to silence the man didn’t sit well with voters. The audience can be heard booing and shouting at the the congressman.
“You don’t tell anybody to shut up!” the male constituent argued. “You work for us!”