At a rowdy town hall meeting in Frost, Texas last week, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) told a man to shut up after he disagreed with the congressman’s vote against the Violence Against Women Act.
“Given your voting record opposing legislation protecting women from violence, will you make a commitment to us today, make a promise that you will reach out to Congresswoman Jackie Speier, D-Calif., and work with her to see this bill successfully through Congress?” the man said.
At first, Barton calmly explained that he voted against the bill because he believes violence against women is a “state issue, not a federal issue.”
His answer drew boos from the audience.
“On the first bill that I voted against — that’s a true statement,” he admitted. “And I voted against it because I think that’s a state issue, not a federal issue,” Barton went on.
“It’s violence against women, that’s a national issue,” one constituent yelled over Barton. “That is an issue that impacts everyone everywhere, not only in this country, but everywhere!”
“You, sir, shut up,” Barton snapped, pointing his finger at the unidentified man.
“You don’t tell anybody to shut up!” the constituent shouted back. “You work for us!”
Watch a clip of the heated exchange first published by The Dallas Morning News, below: