U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess (R- Lewisville) held his second town hall meeting this week at New Life Community Church in Frisco.
Much of the discussion centered around whether Burgess agreed with President Donald Trump’s agenda on issues such as the border wall and the media. There were also a few questions criticizing the Republicans for their lack of action despite having a majority in both the House and the Senate.
While Burgess expressed support for Trump’s agenda on the border wall and strengthening the borders, he would not give a direct answer to whether he agreed with Trump that the media was the enemy of the people.
The topic of Trump was where most of the tension existed during the night. Several constituents showed support for Trump, including one who pled for Burgess to support Trump and his policies, despite him sometimes being “goonish.” Though when some of Trump’s policies and actions were brought up, it caused jeers and groans from the audience.
The audience showed support consistently for both sides, showing an even split between both conservative and liberals. It wasn’t uncommon to see a constituent challenge Burgess and receive applause, and then Burgess receive applause when he pushed back.
One topic that saw multiple questions was Russian interference in the 2016 elections and what Burgess and Congress were doing to prevent such an attack again, in light of reports today from national security officials that say Russia was trying to interfere in the U.S. midterms. Burgess said it was the local and state municipalities that were responsible for ballot integrity and assured the crowd that counties in the area have improved their processes.
Other topics on the night included healthcare and insurance, police brutality and its effects on minority groups, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bill passed last year, transparency in campaign finances and firearm owners having their rights infringed.
Burgess will face off against Democratic candidate Linsey Fagan in the November midterm. A video of the entire event, posted by Burgess’ Youtube account, can be found below. Burgess begins speaking after the 30-minute mark.