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Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada question General Motors as part of the Consumer Protection Subcommittee on July 17, 2014. (Courtesy/Sen. Claire McCaskill under Creative Commons)

GOP Sen. Dean Heller told a conservative group Wednesday that the Trump administration “is pretty incredible.”

During a meeting of the conservative and usually staid Keystone Corporation in Las Vegas, interrupted several times by protesters who had paid to be at the luncheon, Heller also talked about having to do a town hall next week because it is “one of those boxes you gotta check.”

Heller’s office instructed Keystone to bar the media. But a self-described progressive activist group recorded part of the event, which was provided to The Nevada Independent.

After remarking that the GOP is controlling all levers of DC power and complementing the “pretty incredible” administration, Heller acknowledged he “was not a big supporter” of Donald Trump during the campaign. But he said every one of Trump’s Cabinet nominees (he later boasted about supporting them all) “have come into my office and do you know what every one of these nominees is talking about? For the first time in 10 years, I’ve heard these two words….and that’s ‘economic growth.’”

Yes, this is a familiar, if risible, Heller talking point — that there was no economic growth in the last eight years.

On his town hall next Monday in Reno with Rep. Mark Amodei, Nevada’s senior senator joked that he was doing a joint event with Amodei because “’he’ll do all the talking.” And then this: “Two hours of town hall meeting, two hours of people yelling at you, it’s going to be quite the experience.”

He loves the people!

Heller also lamented that the “pretty incredible” administration chose to try to repeal Obamacare first. “They should have gone to tax reform and transportation,” Heller said. “You put those two issues together because everybody is for transportation…then you tackle the big issue of health care,” which would have “been smoother than the process we saw unfold.”

And to think I’m old enough to remember when Heller was against doing comprehensive bills.

The meeting was interrupted several times by protesters complaining about Trump budget cuts and Yucca Mountain. They were shouted down by the crowd and asked to leave.

How would I describe it?

Pretty incredible.

 

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