Yesterday U.S. Congressmen Paul Ryan was greeted by what's now considered the norm at Wisconsin town hall events: Protesters. Extending outside the Milwaukee, Wisc., meeting, protesting carried over into the banquet hall as well, resulting in three arrests and five people being kicked out of the event.
Attendees were asked to show respect for the congressmen and to hold their questions until the end of the banquet. For the first thirty minutes of the hour-long meeting, this wasn't the case. Politic USA has more:
The protesters got involved when Rep. Ryan tried to claim that our job crisis is directly related to our debt crisis. One person stood up and asked, “Our debt is out of control because of the tax cuts you’re giving…Our unemployment in 2003 was 6.2% before the tax cuts went through. Now our unemployment rate is 9.1%. What are you doing to create jobs, Congressman?”
This lady was shown the door. She was soon followed by another gentleman. Another woman stood up while Ryan was speaking and said, “You won’t talk to us. How can we give our opinions when you refuse to talk to us?” I think you can probably guess what happened to her. When someone stood up in the back and asked, “Where are the jobs, Ryan?” He mentioned corporations, and was escorted out.
An older man got angry when Ryan mentioned entitlement programs, and said that he paid into unemployment, Medicare, and Social Security for 50 years, and got himself kicked out.
Though the protesters were a fixture at the event, Ryan was also met with support both inside and outside the banquet hall. After one woman, who ended up being escorted out of the hall, asked Ryan, "How are you going to put food on my table and help me support my family?," a Ryan supporter told her to "Get a job."
While some would scoff at the questioner, while others may dislike the way in which the man answered her, the woman's point -- whether right or wrong -- is that Ryan, in her view, is not addressing unemployed in his district. Contrary to these protestors' statements, Ryan claims he has made himself available to talk about job creation.
The three who were arrested are in custody because they resisted police attempts to get them to leave. One woman, as seen in the below video says, "I'm being arrested because I spoke out against my congressman." Watch the Milwaukee Fox affiliate WITI-TV (via Politico) report here: