The chairman of Utah's Republican Party says attendees who booed Rep. Chris Stewart at the congressman's town hall last week are "thugs" who hijacked the meeting.
Stewart, a Republican, was booed at the Friday night event in heavily Democratic Salt Lake City as the congressman defended GOP positions on healthcare and immigration.
Utah GOP chairman James Evans said the crowd is angry their party lost the 2016 election and they acted "the way thugs behave" and as a "theatrical mob."
Evans said the town halls don't advance democracy and members of Congress don't need to hold them.
Donald Aguirre is a co-founder of the anti-Trump group Utah Indivisible, which urged people to attend the town hall.
Aguirre says Evans' comments are ridiculous and attendees are constituents.