GOP representative tells town hall attendee to 'shut up'

A Texas congressman is facing backlash after telling a town hall attendee to "shut up," reports the Dallas Morning News.

The incident reportedly occurred last weekend during a town hall event held by Republican Representative Joe Barton in Frost, Texas.

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Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, speaks during a press conference outside the Capitol with members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and members from the House Kentucky Delegation on the 'Ratepayer Protection Act' on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

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U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) asks a question of the witnesses during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 24, 2013.

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Reps. Ted Poe, R-Texas, left, and Joe Barton, R-Texas, attend a rally outside of the Supreme Court during arguments in the King v. Burwell case which deals with tax credits in the Affordable Care Act, March 4, 2015.

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Representative Joe Barton, Republican of Texas, listens during a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Wireless and cable trade groups welcomed a Republican proposal for open-Internet legislation as an alternative to regulations backed by President Barack Obama. Trade group officials supported the congressional proposal in testimony today.

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Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) and ranking member Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) (R) preside over a hearing on "Developments in Synthetic Genomics and Implications for Health and Energy" by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 27, 2010.

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Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, speaks during a press conference outside the Capitol with members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and members from the House Kentucky Delegation on the 'Ratepayer Protection Act' on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

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U.S. President George W. Bush prepares to sign H.R. 584, a bill which would designate the headquarters building of the Department of Education in Washington, D.C., as the Lyndon Baines Johnson Federal Building, on Friday, March 23, 2007. Joining the President are a host of Texas Congressmen, including Republican Joe Barton, far left, Democrat Solomon Ortiz, second from left, Republican Michael McCaul, fourth from left, Democrat Eddie Bernice Johnson, fourth from right, Republican Ralph Hall, third from right, and Democrat Gene Green, second from right. Also witnessing the signing are daughters of former President Lyndon B. Johnson, Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, third from left, and Luci Baines Johnson, far right.

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Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, is seen during the Republicans' 8-7 victory in the 55th Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park, June 23, 2016.

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Texas Congressman Joe Barton, a member of the House Committee of Energy and Commerce, speaks to the press in Dallas with representatives of oil service companies. Barton is urging President Obama to rescind his moratorium on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, saying it will hurt the Texas economy.

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Republican team manager Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, right, talks with Democratic team manager Mike Doyle, D-Pa., before the 50th Annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park. The Democrats prevailed over the Republicans by the score of 8-2.

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A video posted online shows a man asking the lawmaker about the Violence Against Women Act. The attendee said, "Now given your voting record opposing legislation protecting women from violence, will you make a commitment to us today—make a promise—that you will reach out to Congresswoman Jackie Speier and work with her to see this bill successfully through Congress."

After many in the crowd applauded the man's statement, Barton said, "On the first bill that I voted against, that's a true statement, and I voted against it because I think that is a state issue, not a federal issue."

Some people began booing in response, and a voice can be heard on the video saying, "No, civil rights don't go to states."

Another man shouted out, "Violence against women—that's a national issue. That is an issue that impacts everyone everywhere, not only in this country but everywhere."

And when someone else yelled, "You represent Texas first!" Barton pointed and said, "You, sir, shut up."

The congressman has since responded to the controversy, telling the Huffington Post, in part, "Over the weekend in Frost, one [gentleman] continued to speak over myself and many others who were seeking recognition in orderly fashion. I did, however, return to him for the last question of the meeting and allow him the opportunity to voice his concerns."

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