PHOTOS Town Meeting with Congressman Welch packs Opera House
President Trump's attacks on health care, immigrants, and press freedoms were on peoples' minds
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - On an icy Friday night Peter Welch, Vermont's lone congressman, drew a crowd of almost 300 people to the Briggs Opera House for a town meeting-style discussion of what were almost universally viewed by the attendees as a series of alarming turns of events in Washington D.C. that have occurred in just the few short weeks since President Donald Trump was inaugurated.
The evening began with calls to impeach President Trump if an opportunity presents itself.
"I think the Muslim ban is absolutely outrageous and I will fight it tooth and nail," Welch told the gathering.
Rob Gurwitt of Subtext Media listened intently to the congressman's presentation.
The high cost of medications and predatory practices by the pharmaceutical industry were a major topic.
Welch said that when it comes to election fraud, "the biggest problem we have is voter suppression efforts by state legislatures" rather than any sort of direct tampering with ballot counts or in-person voter impersonation.
Retired Hartford school teacher Carol Lane objected to attempts to "exclude the press" from White House briefings, saying "That goes against everything that I ever taught to my students. You need to listen to different views."
Retired Dartmouth Professor of Government Roger Masters was upset at on-going efforts by the new administration to cast doubts on the veracity of global climate change.
Welch vowed to try and find common ground with Republican members of the House despite the inter-party tensions, saying "All of us like the perfect, but sometimes you have to settle for the good."
Darron Raliegh worried that the unprecedented level of vitriol in the last election would discourage younger voters from participating in the political process.
Congressman Welch spoke after the meeting to reporter Alan Keays of VTdigger.org
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