Rep. Jim Sensnenbrenner, R-Wis., urged his constituents to be respectful during heated exchanges at town hall meetings in Pewaukee and Elm Grove over the weekend.
Sensenbrenner frequently scolded the audience that included Democratic activists, and banged a gavel to bring the town hall to order, WITI-TV in Milwaukee reported.
“We had eight years where our side did not win the election. I don’t think we saw the type of bitterness and divisiveness that we’re seeing now,” he said.
Several of the constituents criticized President Donald Trump’s travel ban on people from seven majority-Muslim countries.
Others asked about whether a Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act would prevent insurance companies from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions.
“I can say, we’ve heard you,” the congressman said. “We’re going to put together something that does have a ban on pre-existing condition exclusions.”
CNBC and New York Times reporter John Harwood tweeted that Sensenbrenner also hinted that there could be repercussions for National Security Adviser Michael Flynn over the controversy about whether he discussed sanctions against Russia with Russia’s ambassador before he took office.
WI GOP Rep Sensenbrenner, at town hall, on NSA Flynn: “If he ended up lying up food chain to POTUS, then something would have to be done”
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) February 12, 2017