Boisterous crowd voices concerns at Rep. Taylor’s first town hall in Va. Beach

(Joe Fisher/WAVY Photo)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Representative Scott Taylor (R-VA) held a packed town hall meeting at Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach Monday night.

10 On Your Side’s Joe Fisher reports the crowd was at capacity with about 750 people inside. Hundreds more were turned away at the door because they couldn’t fit in the school’s auditorium. A few hundred people gathered outside as well — some of them protesting and chanting.

Emotions were high as Taylor’s constituents voiced their concerns. Many pressed the congressman on his stance on issues as well as his opinion about President Donald Trump’s administration and policies.

“Our country is very divided right now,” Congressman Taylor said at the start of the town hall.

Taylor took 35 questions in the 90-minute meeting.

Responding to one question, Taylor said he supports a bipartisan investigation into Russia’s alleged involvement in the 2016 election. He said he doesn’t support an independent investigation, as some local lawmakers have called for.

As for an investigation into the president’s ties to Russia, Taylor said, “I know that the FBI is investigating that. They actually said it is broader than just Flynn. I have every confidence that if there is something, they’ll find it.”

Taylor also said he supports the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the implementation of a new policy that doesn’t discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions.

“The vast majority of people are getting crushed by Obamacare,” he said. “What’s responsible I believe, is dissecting, having a discussion, and finding the best thing.”

This is the first of three town hall meetings Taylor has scheduled this week. The second is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at York High School. The last meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Eastern Shore Community College.