Many Cheers and a Few Jeers for Paul Ryan at Town Hall Meetings
10:45 AM, Apr 27, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The small crowd eventually became raucous, as Ryan supporters began speaking up. A man who identified himself only as a Teamsters member ("I don't have a name," he told me) got in the face of a Ryan supporter.
"Officer, arrest this man," the Teamsters member then said to a police officer. "He's inciting a riot."
The police officer told the Teamsters member not to tell him what to do, and the Teamsters official responded by leaning into the police officer chanting for pay cuts to cops who "don't protect and serve."
"Back off!" yelled the police officer.
The rowdy scene caused Ryan to leave with a police escort out of another exit.
"Chickenshit!" yelled Ned Harper, president of the local SEIU chapter, upon hearing the news that Ryan was already gone.
Ryan told the local NBC affiliate that his escort should not be "blown out of proportion." It's already been reported as the highlight of yesterday's events by The Hill and Politico.
Ryan has eight more town hall events this week on Thursday and Friday.
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