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Supporters in Mark Meadows' district back his stance on GOP health care bill

North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows(R-District 11) hasn’t shied away from the press following President Donald Trump’s reported comment to Meadows in a closed door meeting with Republicans on Tuesday. (Photo credit: ABC News 1)

North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows(R-District 11) hasn’t shied away from the press following President Donald Trump’s reported comment to Meadows in a closed door meeting with Republicans on Tuesday.

The comment, acknowledged by White House officials but dismissed as a lighthearted joke toward Meadows, was, “Oh, Mark, I’m coming after you,” referencing Meadows' public opposition to the GOP health care bill.

Meadows said publicly he was not moved by the statement. “I’m still a no,” Meadows told Sinclair group’s national team. “This is a policy debate, and, hopefully, we can figure out how to make this bill better for the American people and get to ‘yes.’”

At Well-Bred Bakery & Cafe in Weaverville, Meadows' constituents in the 11th district said they’re supported Meadows.

“He doesn’t need to be scared of some bully that comes into office,” said Jenny Forero, who voted for Meadows.

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Denise Vanherweg and her husband, Tom, believe Trump is not delivering on his promise to bring people together.

“I know a lot of Republicans are being threatened by Donald Trump,” Denise Vanherweg said.

On News 13's Facebook page, where the story was posted Tuesday, hundreds of viewers sounded off more supportive of Meadows than of Trump. Leland Edwards wrote Meadows is "actually doing something for we the people of NC.” Kevin Wyatt posted, “Trump has all the corrupt politicians scared to death."

In Malvern Hills, in West Asheville, which is part of Meadows' district, Toni Sherwood, a free-lance writer, thought Trump had gone too far in his statements against Meadows and other Republicans he inferred could be at risk for losing their seats if they didn’t back the bill.

“It's right for him (Meadows) to put his job on the line,” Sherwood said. “If that's what it takes to represent the American people. But I don’t think he will lose his job. There's just too much exposure right now to what's really going on with people.”

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