NOVI (WWJ) – After being heavily criticized for not meeting his constituents, Congressman David Trott hosted a town hall meeting Saturday morning in Novi.
But hundreds of people were not allowed in that meeting — and they are not happy.
Heidi Frazer-Cherry, of Livonia, said police prevented anyone from entering the building because of apparent capacity issues, forcing them to stand out in the snow.
“The police are here now telling us to move out of the driveway. The Novi police are here and they’re hollering at us with some type of megaphone,” Frazer-Cherry told WWJ’s Chrystal Knight. “People are hollering ‘Let us in!’ back to the police. … They don’t know anything other than it’s at capacity and the doors are locked right now.”
According to other crowd members, the town hall meeting was taking place in a room that could fit 500 to 600 people.
“We have a right to get in,” one woman shouted. “This is still America. Let us in, we just want to talk.”
Frazer-Cherry, 54, said this was the first town she was planning to attend and the whole thing has left a bad taste in her mouth.
“It makes me feel like democracy isn’t working,” she said.
Trott has been the subject of withering criticism from anti-Donald Trump protesters and opponents of the presidents’ immigration and health care policies. The second-term Republican was recently under fire for traveling overseas instead of meeting constituents who have been demanding a meeting since Trump’s inauguration.
Bryan Maul, of Canton, was frustrated he couldn’t meet Trott face to face.
“Trott, I’ve never actually seen my congressman and I’ve never been able to talk to him,” he said. “It’s very disappointing to come to the Suburban Collection Showplace, it’s a pretty big place, and then to be told that you can’t get in. It’s a disappointment.”
As Trott tried to end the town hall meeting, which only lasted an hour, the boisterous crowd that was allowed inside started chanting “Shame! Shame!”
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