Texas congressman tells town hall attendee to 'shut up'

FILE - In this April 1, 2014, file photo, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, questions David Friedman, the acting head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during his testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation. Barton told a constituent to "shut up" during a town hall meeting in his home district Saturday, March 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

WASHINGTON — A Republican congressman from Texas told a constituent to "shut up" over the weekend during a town hall meeting in his home district.

Congressman Joe Barton, who represents part of the Arlington area, is seen on video calmly explaining that he voted against federal legislation to protect women against violence because he believes that the issue is best left to the states. That prompted several in attendance to yell in disagreement. Barton pointed to one man and told him, "You sir shut up."

Barton later said in a statement that that the man "continued to speak over myself and many others who were seeking recognition in orderly fashion."

Chris Lewis, who says he was the target of Barton's remark, tells the Arlington Star-Telegram he wasn't upset and has "heard worse."

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