Hundreds rally outside Faso's Kinderhook office

February 25, 2017 07:45 PM

KINDERHOOK -- Hundreds of people rallied outside of Rep. John Faso's Kinderhook office Saturday afternoon.

Protesters wanted to meet Faso in a town hall style setting and talk about some of President Donald Trump’s more controversial policies.

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The rally was organized by Indivisible CD 19 NY, a group of 19th Congressional District voters based out of the mid-Hudson Valley region. It's part of a nation-wide effort of town halls and demonstrations targeting Republican lawmakers.

Protesters voiced opposition to Trump's stance on health care, Planned Parenthood, climate change, immigration and transgender rights

They blasted Faso's support for most of Trump's policy platform and for declining to meet with them in person. At one point, all eyes turned to a Trump supporter who made a grand entrance to voice his support for Faso and Trump.

 “They're scared,” said Gianni Ortiz of Indivisible CD 19 NY. “I mean, literally the progress that we've made over the last hundred years is being reversed with the stroke of a pen and at lightning speed. People are scared.”

“Anybody that doesn't give the president of the United States the opportunity to fulfill his campaign promises is not an American,” added Niverville resident Andrew Monell.

In a statement, Faso said, "I want to fix the Affordable Care Act, and I would like to work on immigration policies that will be in the best interest of our nation's security, our local agriculture industry, and families in the district."

He also says he spent part of the day meeting with some constituents that support the Affordable Care Act.


WNYT Staff

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