I recently read a news article which said Republican lawmakers are not holding "town halls" because they are getting hijacked by astroturf protesters. Apparently "astroturfing" is when wealthy political organizations pay for buses, food and other fees and compensation to transport protesters in from big cities, often long distances from the actual venue.
Not having ever been to one of these "town halls", this seems strange to me. I live in New England where "town halls" are a real thing, not a fake political stunt, and normally non-residents are not allowed to the town meeting, except as passive observers. Where I live, the town is ruled by the town meeting and although I suppose a non-resident could walk in, they would have to give their address and if that address was not a local address, the selectmen could have them ejected or not permit them to speak.
I suppose that these other so-called "town halls" are something different then and feature just a mob of unruly random people from wherever shouting questions at the speaker. Is that the idea? What exactly are these things?