White­house feel­ing heat on Cabi­net votes

Pawtucket Times - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — Pro­test­ers shouted down Rhode Is­land Demo­cratic U.S. Sen. Shel­don White­house dur­ing a com­mu­nity event as they protested his vote in fa­vor of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump's nom­i­nee for CIA di­rec­tor and pushed him to vote against other nom­i­nees.

A video of Sun­day's event posted by the group Re­sist Hate RI shows hun­dreds of peo­ple at the event, and the crowd chant­ing "Just Say No!" and "Ob­struct!" while de­mand­ing an ex­pla­na­tion of his vote for Mike Pom­peo as CIA di­rec­tor. Rhode Is­land voted for Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton by a wide mar­gin in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

The event at a Prov­i­dence school was billed as a "com­mu­nity din­ner" and planned be­fore Trump was in­au­gu­rated Jan. 20, spokes­woman Meaghan McCabe said Mon­day. White­house has hosted dozens of such events, start­ing from when he first ran for Se­nate in 2006, but they are typ­i­cally sleepy af­fairs.

Pro­test­ers be­gan work­ing on so­cial me­dia last week to en­sure a big turnout. The event also ended up hap­pen­ing a few hours af­ter a hastily as­sem­bled rally protest­ing Trump's im­mi­gra­tion moves, at which White­house was a speaker.

Hun­dreds who at­tended the rally then walked 1.5 miles to the school, but the crowd was so large it could not fit in­side the au­di­to­rium.

Many chanted "Take it out­side!" as the event be­gan, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, video from the event and so­cial me­dia posts from peo­ple who at­tended.

Af­ter an­swer­ing ques­tions in­side, White­house went out­side and used a bull­horn to ad­dress hun­dreds more peo­ple from the steps of the school.

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