Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA) received pushback from supporters of Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her bid for Speaker of the House. Moulton, who has said the House needs “new leadership” now that Democrats have regained control of the chamber in the wake of the midterm elections, was greeted by constituents shouted and interrupted him during a town hall meeting in his district.
Moulton’s critics say that his opposition to Pelosi is a product of ageism and sexism. Dozens of people at the Amesbury Town Hall shouted at him when he insisted that the “majority of Democrats want this change.” Moulton also compared ousting Pelosi to ousting Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister and so-called “Iron Lady” whose tenure––and legacy–– is still the subject of heated debate.
OH MY GOD SETH MOULTON JUST COMPARED OUSTING NANCY PELOSI TO OUSTING MARGARET THATCHER pic.twitter.com/8T2lLRttTu
— Brett Banditelli (@banditelli) November 20, 2018
Some protesters “held signs that were green on one side and red on the other. When Moulton or another attendee said something they didn’t like, the protesters held up the red signs to signal disagreement,” according to a report from Politico.
— Stephanie Murray (@StephMurr_Jour) November 19, 2018
This election was a call for change,” Moulton told reporters after the town hall. “I think if our party answers that call, that call for change with the amazing victories we had across this country, by just saying we’re going to reinstall the same status quo leadership we’ve had since 2006, for over 10 years, I don’t think we’re answering the call of the American people.”
Moulton was criticized for saying that the birth of his daughter 35 days ago inspired him to challenge Pelosi.
To recap, @sethmoulton – after comparing Nancy Pelosi to … checks notes … Margaret Thatcher – tells his angry #MA06 constituents that his infant daughter inspired him to attack most accomplished woman in American legislative history.
That went well, Seth!#FiveWhiteGuys
— Tom Watson (@tomwatson) November 20, 2018
— Kimberly Atkins (@KimberlyEAtkins) November 20, 2018