UPDATE 6:00 pm EST: A prior version of this piece incorrectly stated the protesters forced Sen. Ernst to cut short the roundtable earlier than scheduled.
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow could not contain her glee Tuesday as she reported on the protesters who crashed Sen. Joni Ernst’s veterans roundtable in Maquoketa, Iowa.
As has occurred in many constituent outreach events during this week’s congressional recess, this meeting attracted a large angry crowd of attendees carrying signs bearing popular anti-Trump slogans.
“It was announced as a veterans’ forum,” Maddow explained. “Lots of veterans showed up, but so did lots of other folks, lots of other Iowans, as well.”
MSNBC then cut to clips of rowdy and discontented constituents. “I wonder if you knew, if you saw that there was overwhelming evidence that a foreign country was meddling in our elections and meddling with our democracy,” one man said.
The crowd quickly became so unmanageable the meeting had to be cut short. Shouted chants of “shame on you” followed Ernst to her car.
“And then she left,” Maddow said with a laugh. “It’s gonna be our last question. ‘No!’ And she leaves the room, they’re all shouting ‘shame on you!’ Very rough meeting of the minds in Iowa,” she continued, smiling broadly and gesticulating.