Texas Republican Representative Joe Barton freaked out during a town hall meeting in Frost, Texas, and the entire outburst was caught on camera.
One of his constituents asked Barton to collaborate with California Democratic Representative Jackie Speier and sponsor legislation that will combat violence against women. Barton himself has a voting record that would make a wife beater blush. The constituent obviously knew this and respectfully asked:
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 and work with her to see this bill successfully through Congress?”
Representative Barton went on the defensive and stated his belief that violence against women is a “state issue…not a federal issue.” The answer shook his constituents in disbelief with one person proclaiming:
Violence against women, that’s a national issue! That’s an issue that impacts everyone everywhere, not only in this country but everywhere!”
You, sir, shut up!!”
His constituents then decided that they would remind him that he works for them and can’t tell anyone to shut up, at least not without consequences.
You can see the video in its entirety below:
Mr. Barton, as someone who has spent time in domestic violence centers as a child and as a volunteer, I would like to inform you that on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men, according to a 2010 Summary report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
This means that while you were having this little temper tantrum at your town hall meeting, approximately 20 women were physically abused — right here in the United States.
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