By KRISTIN SALAKY Published FEBRUARY 11, 2017, 10:21 AM EDT
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said that the thousands of protesters who swarmed his town hall on Thursday night were not actually from his state and were "paid" to protest, the Deseret News reported Friday.
Chaffetz told the paper that he was sure that the protestors, who chanted "shame!" and grilled him on investigating President Donald Trump, were Democrats and that they were trying to cause "chaos" because they don't like Trump and are upset about the results of the 2016 election.
"You could see it online a couple days before, a concerted effort in part to just cause chaos," he said, according to the Deseret News. "Democrats are in disbelief that they have nothing but flailing and screaming to deal with this."
Chaffetz said that he believes that protestors were paid to demonstrate at and disrupt his town hall, telling the paper that one speaker made it a point to make clear that he was not being paid by the Democrats. Chaffetz did not give any info to support his claim.