Rep. Joe Wilson Faces Chants of 'You Lie'

Republican was jeered at town-hall meeting
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2017 2:02 AM CDT
Updated Apr 12, 2017 5:03 AM CDT
Rep. Joe Wilson Faces Chants of 'You Lie'
Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., center, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Rep. Joe Wilson, the congressman notorious for yelling "You lie" at former President Obama as he addressed Congress in 2009, had his words used against him by constituents in his South Carolina district Monday. Wilson, the latest Republican to face a hostile reception at a town-hall meeting, drew boos and chants of "You lie" as well as cheers when he spoke about plans to repeal and replace ObamaCare, WRDW reports. He was also booed after saying anybody in the US illegally should be deported, though the crowd at Aiken Technical College reacted more positively when he said he is against Planned Parenthood and does not believe human activity is contributing to climate change.

Wilson, who voted against extending the Violence Against Women Act in 2013, also faced chants of "You lie" when he said he fully supported enforcement of laws against domestic violence, the Post and Courier reports. Other Republican members of Congress have been skipping such events and Wilson's supporters said he deserved credit for facing his critics, though local pharmacist Julie Edwards, one of the most prominent anti-Wilson voices at the event, did not agree. "I think it's a shame that other senators and congressmen are not showing up," she told the New York Times. "But I'm not going to give him a gold star for showing up and doing his job." (More Joe Wilson stories.)

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