In the end, one Porter supporter was arrested and released after the Irvine Police Department intervened and separated the groups. If you’re wondering how and why this group of Trump supporters appeared at Porter’s rally, Talking Points Memo reports that far-right congressional hopeful Nick Taurus, who plans to run against Porter in the 2022 midterm elections, made an Instagram post calling for supporters to confront Porter.
The caption of the post, originally shared on Thursday, describes Porter as a “far-left ideologue supported by Bay Area academics, the billionaire class and foreign lobbies!” and says her policies are “awful” for the district. Since the town hall, Taurus alleged on Instagram that he and his followers were “attacked by rabid leftists” and were assaulted by the left “for no reason.”
In a 19-minute video posted to Instagram, Taurus also alleged that Porter took questions that were “pre-selected” and therefore, in his perspective, wasn’t listening to all constituents. He expressed chagrin that while he could not withhold his tax dollars to avoid paying Porter’s salary, she could refuse to hear from all constituents in the 45th district.
In a statement to CNN, Porter said in part: “At our town halls, we take steps, such as putting all questions into a bingo ball spinner, so that we hear all voices, not just the loudest ones.”
She expressed her disappointment in the actions of a “small but vocal” group of attendees who “created unsafe conditions” at the event. “While I absolutely respect their right to disagree, their disturbance disrespected all the families who attended and were ready to engage in a thoughtful, civil, and safe way,” Porter said in her statement.
You can check out a brief clip from the town hall below.