While it didn’t exactly go off without a hitch — some angry counter-protesters tried to mix it up with resisters — the planned protest outside Congressman Mike Bishop’s (R-MI8) office in Brighton exceeded its participation goal by drawing 80 constituents. They were outside his office to call attention to the representative’s ongoing refusal to meet with voters and explain his positions, including killing the Affordable Care Act, supporting Trump’s Muslim ban and building a wall along the Mexican border.
While Bishop has yet to meet with constituents in person, the protests are part of a wave of demonstrations across the country against Republicans that either refuse to face citizens or refuse to represent their priorities in Washington.
BRIGHTON – The pressure is on U.S. Rep Mike Bishop to respond to protesters in person by scheduling a town hall in Michigan’s Eight District, despite his participation in telephone town halls from his Washington, D.C. office.
Other town hall meetings hosted by House Republicans across the country have grown heated, with anti-Trump protesters disrupting the events. For now, Bishop will stick to the phone, as he attends to business from the nation’s capital.
But while Bishop avoids, resisters plan.
While there are a flurry of events on the schedule, the most amusing by far is a plan hatched by activists to schedule a town hall and invite Bishop to it. If he fails to show up, they’ll address their concerns to a cardboard cutout of the absent lawmaker. That event will take place April 13 in Howell.
Other upcoming events include:
- Tuesday, Feb. 14: Send Mike Bishop Your Love on social media, all day.
- Thursday, Feb. 16: U.S. Congressman Mike Bishop’s staffers holding an office hour from 10-11 a.m. at the East Lansing Public Library (Room 3), 950 Abbot Road in East Lansing.