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>> He's the president, he's not a private individual.>> Republican lawmakers facing furious constituents back in their home districts this week. The outrage leading some GOP members of Congress to cancel town halls altogether. While others, including President Donald Trump, are dismissing protestors as quote, paid activists. But there's a group of Republican representatives particularly vulnerable to this populist pressure.
>> I'm Zach Holman for Reuters, and this week I went to a congressional town hall meeting in New Jersey. Congressman Leonard Lance is a Republican representing a district that voted for Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016. That fact landed Lance on a Democratic party hit list, identifying 23 vulnerable Republicans, seeking re-election in 2018.
Now remember, 23 vulnerable Republicans, Democrats need to take 24 seats to take back the US House of Representatives in the next midterm election.>> Terribly disappointed in Congressman Lance because he used to be a moderate. When he was in the state government, he was a moderate. He would often cross party lines.
>> I voted for him, I voted for him. A Democrat, I voted for him when he was here.>> This district voted for Hillary Clinton. They did not vote for Donald Trump. So he does not have a mandate from his constituents to blindly follow the Republican agenda.>>
>> Push back, push back, push back, push back.>> After the event, I asked Representative Lance if he was nervous about the 2018 midterms.>> I'm not worried about 2018, 2018 will take care of itself. I want this to be a year of governance.>> But many of the constituents I spoke to say he should be concerned.
>> Registration for this event filled up so fast, organizers added an overflow room. When that room filled up, a second town hall event was scheduled that same week. Voters demanding the Republican representative hold the President accountable.>> The Republicans need to push back when he is not honest.
>> In my town of New Providence, that doesn't have a single Democrat on the council or on the school board, we voted for Clinton, 52%. So there is a tide coming. And if you're not willing to embrace that, I think you need to be scared as a member of Congress.