Joe Walsh Melts Down, Screams At Constituents


Written by Lee Fang, ThinkProgress

Freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) is known for his anti-Obama rhetoric on cable television and his inability to pay his child support payments. But during a recent meeting with constituents in his Chicago-area suburban district, Walsh lost his cool when several attendees asked about why banks have so much power in government. At one point, Walsh even threatened to a eject a man who calmly asked Walsh about the revolving door of bank lobbyists infiltrating Congress and financial regulatory agencies.

Walsh at one point screamed, “don’t blame the banks … this pisses me off!” After several constituents accurately pointed out that bank lobbyists occupy key positions within Congress, the SEC, and other oversight bodies that are supposed to supervise bank practices, Walsh began sticking his finger close to his constituent’s faces, yelling, “quiet for a minute or I’ll have to ask you to leave.” The constituent, who had calmly asked his question before being cut-off midway through his sentence, obliged:

WALSH: That’s not the problem! The problem is you’ve got to be consistent. And I dont want government meddling in the marketplace. Yeah, they move from Goldman Sachs to the White House, I understand all of that. But you gotta’ be consistent. And it’s not the private marketplace that created this mess. What created mess was your government, which has demanded for years that everybody be in a home. And we’ve made it easy as possible for people to be in homes. [...] Don’t blame banks, and don’t blame the marketplace for the mess we’re in right now! I am tired of hearing that crap! This pisses me off! Too many people don’t listen. [...]

WALSH: Quiet for a minute! Quiet for a minute!

CONSTITUENT: Joe, what did I say–

WALSH: Quiet for a minute or I’m going to ask you to leave. You need to listen, or I’m going to ask you to leave.

Watch it:

The conversation moved from talking about influence of the bank lobby to larger structural problems in government. Walsh absurdly claimed that worker unions have more power and money than corporations in America. But he was quickly rebutted by his constituent, who said that in any case, unions serve worker interests while corporate lobbies push for private, selfish interests. The video of the exchange, which occurred during Walsh’s “Cup of Joe with Joe Walsh” event on Sunday in the town of Gurnee, Illinois, was posted on YouTube last night.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Patty Boytos
Patty B.3 years ago

Walsh is another ignoramos with an ego the size of the moon.What a nasty wackadoodle !

Hope S.
Hope Sellers3 years ago

Site given for Joe Walsh rant taken down. See it here:

A definition of adult given to me as a child was, "You are an adult when you can admit when you are wrong or make a mistake."
A little broad but children usually avoid admitting wrongs or mistakes to avoid punishment.

For all the twisted allegations against Obama and liberals by the Republicans I am not surprised by Walsh denying the banks and Wall Street were the cause of our economic chaos. Just the fact that he is against the Dodd Frank Act should show he is for the 1%.

People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before
an election.
Otto von Bismarck, 1815 - 1898

“I know we want to defeat Barack Obama, but more important
will be to protect the House and win the Senate.”
Brendan Steinhauser, director of federal and state campaigns
for FreedomWorks
The New York Times. March 10, 2012

Clean house by voting out the scoundrels that are only for themselves and the 1% who promote them.

Susan O.
Susan O.4 years ago

I live in this dimrod's district ... and, I obviously did NOT vote for him !!!

Susanne R.
Susanne R.4 years ago

Joe Walsh is a good example of a bully and a not-so-bright politician. If someone dares to question what he's telling them, he SCREAMS at them in an effort to intimidate them! And far be it from him to give the other person a chance to talk. I think he might have ended his career with that display of ego and ignorance.

Ray S.
Ray S.4 years ago

USE your VOICE or LOSE your VOICE so your (children)daughter's have a VOICE and FREEDOM of CHOICE!

I wish I were there! I would have asked him why he's not in JAIL for being a "DEADBEAT DADDY DEAREST"! An AWARD???????

A REAL MAN would never even have to be taken to COURT to pay be ordered by a JUDGE! He would do it on his own and face his RESPONSIBILITIES head on.

ILLINOIS: ENFORCE COURT ORDERED CHILD SUPPORT: Why are you allowing a so called (MAN) of POWER a POLITICIAN who VOTE'S for the same ISSUE'S and LAW'S that he feel's ABOVE the LAW.

Rebecca Smith
Rebecca Smith4 years ago

Absolutely disgusting and moronic.

Hope S.
Hope Sellers4 years ago

This guy should never have been elected. He won by only 291 votes.
Google him on Wikipedia. He is up for reelection in 2012 and I doubt he will win. He is a Tea Party candidate which says it all.
No other party would have supported him based on his character alone.

Donna M.
Donna M.4 years ago

Whoever voted him in must be scratching their heads now and wondering what they were thinking.

Toby S.
Toby S.4 years ago

Have you watched the Jack Abramoff interview on 60 minutes? This guy seems like he would be a complete sellout with a staff that sees it a stepping stone to lobbying emplloyment. Is there a connection?

Susan CLARK4 years ago

Anyone listening to this man and his bullshit is being brainwashed. Get a brain people... he isn't preaching gospel.