Scuffle breaks out at Rep. Katie Porter’s town hall in Irvine

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Rep. Katie Porter (D-Irvine) speaks during a town hall meeting at Mike Ward Community Park in Irvine on July 11, 2021. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Rep. Katie Porter (D-Irvine) speaks during a town hall meeting at Mike Ward Community Park in Irvine on July 11, 2021. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

A melee broke out at Rep. Katie Porter’s district town hall meeting Sunday, with her backers scuffling with supporters of former President Trump who were loudly interrupting the congresswoman as she spoke.

Porter, a Democrat from Irvine, said that the acts of the protesters were premeditated and that all attendees had been given the opportunity to ask questions.

“It is disappointing that a small but vocal group of attendees, who advertised a ‘confrontation rally,’ created unsafe conditions at a planned family-friendly event,” Porter said in a statement. “While I absolutely respect their right to disagree, their disturbance disrespected all the families who attended and were ready to engage in a thoughtful, civil and safe way.

“My team and I are evaluating next steps, but my promise to Orange County families is that I will continue to hold town halls and to be in conversation with them.”

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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