Crowd laughs and applauds at Rep. Akin’s comment about lawmakers almost being ‘lynched’ at town halls.

At a “Freedom Conference” meeting earlier this week, Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) mentioned that some Democratic lawmakers were almost “lynched” by angry protesters around the country at town hall meetings. In response, the crowd loudly laughed and applauded. Akin then lightly said that “we dont want to” approve lynchings, which generated more laughter:

Different people from Washington, DC have come back to their districts and had town hall meetings, and they almost got lynched. (APPLAUSE)

I assume you’re not approving lynchings, because we don’t want to do that. (LAUGHTER)

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GOP lawmakers have been tacitly endorsing — and sometimes outright encouraging — these angry mobs to confront Democratic lawmakers in their districts. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) has said that the time for polite town halls is “over,” and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) has said that Democrats will have a “very, very hot summer.”