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Trump tweets:The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!
Joining us now Tennessee Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn who faced some especially vocal constituents yesterday. Congresswoman, thanks so much for being with us. REP. MARSHA BLACKBURN (R), TENNESSEE: Good to be with you.COOPER: President Donald Trump tweeted -- I want to quote him directly. He said, "The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually in numerous cases planned out by liberal activists."I'm wondering if for you, is that what you saw in your meeting yesterday? Was the anger you faced real or is the president, you know, indicating it's in numerous cases planned out by liberal activists? BLACKBURN: Anderson, the anger indeed was real from the individuals that were in the room. What we found was so interesting. A little bit less than one-third in the room were actually very constituents of mine. We had a couple -- several that identified themselves as being from outside of the district, a couple from Nashville, one from Murfreesboro. And so, they came to that. What with he did hear from one of the city commissioners later was that some of the residents of Fairview where I had my legislative update were not able to get into the meeting and, of course, the reservation or the seats had been taken by those that were actually from outside of my district. And I've heard from a lot of my constituents. They were disappointed. We've told them to come on by the office and sit down with me, and we'll talk about the issues because they were disappointed they couldn't get in and participate. This is something I do in this community ever year. COOPER: It's -- BLACKBURN: They had look forward to it, and couldn't get in the door.COOPER: Right.BLACKBURN: It was full. COOPER: I mean, it's interesting, because with regarding the president's tweet, it seems to me you can -- it can be both. I mean, you can have real anger and you can also have some planning by liberal activists. There was a "New York Times" article -- BLACKBURN: Sure.COOPER: -- about your meeting that said the number of the people attending, and I'm quoting "The Times", "rallied by the local branch of Indivisible", which they described as a national movement started by Democratic activists -- BLACKBURN: Yes, you know -- COOPER: -- and they said they held two meetings and discussed which issues to raise. But the anger that you're seeing is real.BLACKWLL: Well, sure. And it is a group -- I have a real good friend who lives in Davidson County, Nashville, supported President Obama twice, voted for him twice. She got an e-mail from Organizing from America, President Obama's organization, encouraging her to go to my town hall and then the link to the booklet of how to disrupt or question. And she was just absolutely horrified. She said, "Of course, I'm not going to do this." She said, "But I just want you to be aware of it."So, sure, we know that. We know that there is organizing going on by those that are on the left. We also know, Anderson, you know, people that like my friend, she e-mailed other friends of hers and said I think this is so inappropriate. We don't live in her district, and I don't think we should go and take away time from people that are constituents of hers. COOPER: How will you -- BLACKBURN: But like I said, about one-third of them, less than a third, were my constituents. The others are people who came in to use that as an opportunity to question and, you know, to -- COOPER: How do you compare this to the Tea Party crowd that began in 2009?  Sean Spicer said in some cases, these are professional protester manufactured base. He also said, you know, some of them are legitimate. That's the same criticism that Democrats made against Tea Party protesters back in 2009. There was Astroturf. BLACKBURN: Right. And I think that there are a couple of differences there that I would encourage you and your viewers to think about. The Tea Party organization is something that was very grassroots and started from the bottom up. It was people that were really bringing forward issues. In Tennessee, it started with the state income tax issue. Most of it found it to genesis, in local issues, people showing up to help better communities fight state policies. (CROSSTALK)COOPER: But isn't Obama care the focus for many of these people? BLACKBURN: And then let me give you the counter balance to that first. So, Tea Party was from the bottom up. What you see now with this, it is being driven from the top down. You have national groups that are pulling in and trying to activate activists at the local level to go into other members and districts and attend these halls, take up those seats. COOPER: Wait a minute. I'm not sure you could possibly -- BLACKBURN: And that's what I think it could possibly backfire on them. COOPER: Right.Is that really fair, though? Because, I mean, you acknowledge the anger is real. I don't think you can actually say that because there are groups -- activist groups which are encouraging people, putting out videos about how to attend meetings that it's not also bubbling up from the bottom. I mean, we saw a huge turnout at what was billed as a Women's March in Washington, as well as satellite marches in cities across the country. There's groups, affinity groups which are sort of encouraged people out of that march to go to your meetings and others. BLACKBURN: Yes. But, Anderson, it is being driven by national organizations. So, basically, it is being driven by national organizations and then trying to direct -- COOPER: That's exactly what was said about the Tea Party by -- (CROSSTALK)BLACKBURN: And the Tea Party was from the bottom up. COOPER: Right. That's not what Democrats are saying. BLACKBURN: It was local activists that found -- well, you know, I think that there is a different framework on what was happening then and what is happening now. And -- COOPER: OK.BLACKBURN: Yes.COOPER: All right. Well, Congresswoman, I appreciate your time, Marsh Blackburn.BLACKBURN: Sure.COOPER: I should also point out, you went ahead and you had your meeting. BLACKBURN: Absolutely.COOPER: There's a lot of folks deciding not to have meetings. So, kodus.BLACKBURN: Yes, I went out. I met my protest organizer who was doing the alternative town hall. We've had a handshake and did a photo together, went out and spoke to the alternative town hall once I finished inside, thanked them for being there. Told them we need to make certain everyone's voice is heard in this, and then, you know, it was a good day. COOPER: I appreciate your time, Congresswoman. Thank you. BLACKBURN: Absolutely. Thank you. /QUOTE]
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