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Steve Helber / AP

Town halls across the country last night erupted as U.S. citizens expressed their opinions and discontent with the political scene and demanded answers from their Congressman. Here are videos of recent hot moments.

At Dave Brat's town hall, the crowd laughed after one member asked if Brat thought everything was running smoothly, as Trump has claimed.

Here's a good example of the rowdiness/frustration at Rep. Dave Brat's town hall tonight. He took over 30 Qs, got lots of pushback. pic.twitter.com/L3kHyDUNKw — Ashley Killough (@KilloughCNN) February 22, 2017

At a town hall with Mitch McConnell, a woman demanded to be answered about what would happen with Obamacare.

Chuck Grassley's town hall attendees complained that they wouldn't be able to afford health insurance without Obamacare.

Angry constituents confront Chuck Grassley in Iowa: “If it wasn't for Obamacare, we wouldn't be able to afford insurance!" pic.twitter.com/vrbhbOiBMM — Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 21, 2017

Tom Reed got booed late last week when he told the crowd Obamacare would be repealed.

Republican Rep. Tom Reed met with chorus of boos as he discusses repealing Obamacare at town hall: https://t.co/Ob8D9pdCla pic.twitter.com/c92uYCb9eZ — ABC News (@ABC) February 18, 2017

In Iowa, the crowd started chanting "Do your job!" at Joni Ernst when the town hall came to an abrupt end.

Crowd erupts at Joni Ernst event in rural Iowa pic.twitter.com/cSd829Q4YC — Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 22, 2017

Ted Cruz did not hold a town hall...

And protesters let an absent Darrell Issa have it.

.@DarrellIssa Over 2000 of your constituents were looking for you at a #townhall they hosted for you tonight. #WhereIsIssa pic.twitter.com/DXXC0C4TtS— TashiLynn (@TashiLynnCA) February 22, 2017

Background reading: Why Republicans should be nervous about repeal, and inside the new effort from a McConnell-linked group to push back on conservative hardliners.

Go deeper

The dark new reality in Congress

National Guard troops keep watch at security fencing. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

This is how bad things are for elected officials and others working in a post-insurrection Congress:

  • Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said she had a panic attack while grocery shopping back home.
  • Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said police may also have to be at his constituent meetings.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told a podcaster he brought a gun to his office on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 because he anticipated trouble with the proceedings that day.
Off the Rails

Episode 3: Descent into madness ... Trump: "Sometimes you need a little crazy"

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 3: The conspiracy goes too far. Trump's outside lawyers plot to seize voting machines and spin theories about communists, spies and computer software.

President Trump was sitting in the Oval Office one day in late November when a call came in from lawyer Sidney Powell. "Ugh, Sidney," he told the staff in the room before he picked up. "She's getting a little crazy, isn't she? She's really gotta tone it down. No one believes this stuff. It's just too much."

Convicts turn to D.C. fixers for Trump pardons

Trump confidante Matt Schlapp interviews Jared Kushner last February. Schlapp is seeking a pardon for a biotech executive. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

A flood of convicted criminals has retained lobbyists since November’s presidential election to press President Trump for pardons or commutations before he leaves office.

What we're hearing: Among them is Nickie Lum Davis, a Hawaii woman who pleaded guilty last year to abetting an illicit foreign lobbying campaign on behalf of fugitive Malaysian businessman Jho Low. Trump confidante Matt Schlapp also is seeking a pardon for a former biopharmaceutical executive convicted of fraud less than two months ago.