U.S. Representative Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) was mocked, threatened and nearly attacked by Democrats on Wednesday when he told an unruly town hall crowd about the death of his special needs daughter.
MacArthur was trying to explain how his 11 year-old daughter’s passing informed his decision to amend and vote for the American Health Care Act.
When MacArthur started to talk about Gracie, who died 20 years ago, the crowd began yelling “shame!” and accusing him of exploiting her death.
“I will say shame on you right now actually,” MacArthur told the audience. “I’m going to tell you because this affects my perspective on this issue of health care.”
At that point, the crowd began to boil over with rage, prompting the police to step in as they feared for the Republican’s safety.
Calmly, MacArthur told a reporter from NBC that he voted for the AHCA because he believes it will “reduce the cost of health insurance.”