- The Washington Times - Friday, April 14, 2017

Sen. Jeff Flake faced a crowd of angry constituents Thursday night in Mesa, Arizona, who grilled the senator on everything from the Republicans’ health care plan to the border wall.

The crowd chanted “no stupid wall” and “shame on you,” and held up red pieces of paper when they disagreed with what the senator was saying, the Arizona Republic reported.

Mr. Flake also faces additional targeting from Democrats since his seat is one they hope to pick up in 2018. Considered a more moderate Republican, Mr. Flake already has a primary challenger on the right from former state Sen. Kelli Ward, who also challenged Sen. John McCain in 2016.

Democrats are also trying to tie Mr. Flake to President Trump’s more unpopular policies, which could be dangerous for the incumbent senator in a state the president only won by a 3-point margin.

But even in bright red Oklahoma, where Mr. Trump won by 36 points, constituents do not seem pleased with Republicans.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin faced backlash for telling constituents it’s “bullcrap” that they pay his salary and that his own tax dollars have paid for his congressional income.

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Mr. Mullin later cancelled a town hall Tuesday over safety concerns but held an additional meeting Wednesday.

• Sally Persons can be reached at spersons@washingtontimes.com.

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