IRVINE (CBSLA) – A scuffle caused a disruption at an outdoor town hall event Sunday put on by Orange County Congresswoman Katie Porter.
Her Policy in the Park event was specially planned to be family friendly, though at one point, Trump supporters and hecklers attempted to disrupt the congresswoman, which led to a scuffle between protestors and supporters.READ MORE: City Officials Hold Town Hall To Discuss Carson Foul Odor
Porter later released a statement after the event, which read:
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“At our town halls, we take steps, such as putting all questions into a bingo ball spinner, so that we hear all voices, not just the loudest ones. It is disappointing that a small but vocal group of attendees, who advertised a “confrontation rally,” created unsafe conditions at a planned family-friendly event. While I absolutely respect their right to disagree, their disturbance disrespected all the families who attended and were ready to engage in a thoughtful, civil, and safe way. My team and I are evaluating next steps, but my promise to Orange County families is that I will continue to hold town halls and to be in conversation with them.”
“We have go to understand that we cannot fix climate change alone. So, while we are a leader and we have to lead, we also have to get back international cooperation,” Rep. Porter told the assembled crowd of a few hundred at one point during the town hall.MORE NEWS: Angeles National Forest Fire Threat Lowered From 'Extreme' To 'Very High'
Along with talking about how America can be more green, Porter fielded dozens of questions from the public about issues like gun control, PPP loans for businesses and filibuster reform.
I’ve promised to put Orange County families first. This weekend, I'm hosting "Policy in the Park," a family-friendly event that includes a town hall and a booth for our youngest community members. Come with the whole family—kids and teens encouraged! pic.twitter.com/qWZd6JIvof
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) July 7, 2021