A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from July 23, 2021
Clown Hall or Clownhall (clown + town hall meeting)

A town hall meeting ("town hall") has been called “clown hall” or “clownhall” by those who believe that politicians are clowns.

“More like a clown hall meeting” was posted on Twitter by Real Nowhere Man on July 2, 2009. “LOL...another CLOWN HALL meeting” was posted on Twitter by Teri Peters on July 28, 2009. “Ok, everyone, get your loony hats and signs together for the Obama Clown Hall meeting in Bozeman” was posted on Twitter by BB Conger on August 12, 2009. “Clown Hall Meetings” was an article in Investor’s Business Daily on August 13, 2009.

“GrandJunc ClownHall was AstroTurfed by OfA and Unions” was posted on Twitter by Edward Hooks on August 16, 2009. “He takes them to their next Clownhall meeting” was posted on Twitter by mickgregory on January 28, 2010. “It won’t be long and the GOP pols will head home for a dose of clownhall meetings” was posted on Twitter by Unstable Genus on March 10, 2010.

“Clownhall” (Townhall nickname) is a related term.


Wikipedia: Town hall meeting
Town hall meetings, also referred to as town halls or town hall forums, an expression that originates mainly from North America, are a way for local and national politicians to meet with their constituents either to hear from them on topics of interest or to discuss specific upcoming legislation or regulation. During periods of active political debate, town halls can be a locus for protest and more active debate. The term is unfamiliar in British English where the equivalent is a (political) surgery.

Despite their name, town hall meetings need not take place in a town hall. They are commonly held in a range of venues, including schools, libraries, municipal buildings, and churches. A number of officials have also experimented with digital formats for town halls.

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Real Nowhere Man
@DavidBugnon
@livedesk More like a clown hall meeting
1:36 PM · Jul 2, 2009·Twitter Web Client

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Teri Peters@hipEchik·Jul 28, 2009
Replying to @KamaainaInOC
@KamaainaInOC LOL...another CLOWN HALL meeting in T minus Whenever Mr. Arrogant decides to take the Mike…

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BB Conger
@idealfool
Ok, everyone, get your loony hats and signs together for the Obama Clown Hall meeting in Bozeman.
2:50 PM · Aug 12, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Google Groups: opendebateforum
Fwd: Clown Hall Meetings
Bruce Majors
Aug 14, 2009, 5:25:40 AM
to
“The Democrats have only themselves to blame for the grilling they’re getting at these town halls. They’re the ones who exaggerated the problems and cooked up a national health care scheme to solve them. They’re the ones who tried to ram it through Congress. All of them should have the courage to come out of hiding and get the verbal flogging they deserve.”

Clown Hall Meetings
By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Thursday, August 13, 2009 4:20 PM PT

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Edward Hooks
@efhooks
Organizing for America: “Some of your Stimulus dollars are at work here today!” - GrandJunc ClownHall was AstroTurfed by OfA and Unions
8:26 PM · Aug 16, 2009·Twitter Web Client

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kokoe2
@kokoe2
Clown Hall Meeting (US Congress) by Tom Toles of Washington Post reprinted in SF Chronicle http://twitpic.com/hg3pa
11:29 AM · Sep 12, 2009·Twitter Web Client

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mickgregory@mickgregory·Jan 28, 2010
Replying to @JennyErikson
@JennyErikson He takes them to their next Clownhall meeting.

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Unstable Genus
@purtheil
It won’t be long and the GOP pols will head home for a dose of clownhall meetings and then we’ll be inundated with anti-hcr ads #hcr #p2
4:31 PM · Mar 10, 2010·TweetDeck

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vinniemontoya
@PiperDewn
Obama is now a muslim monster - #clownhall meeting
3:00 PM · Jul 18, 2012·Twitter Web Client

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James Cook
@jm_cook
Apparently I missed quite the #GOP clownhall meeting.
11:59 PM · Mar 29, 2016·Twitter for Mac

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Charlie Stuff
@stuff_charlie
Log Entry StarShipPerception 07/23/21:
Sitting on the edge of our seats up here waiting for the next CNN Clown Hall Meeting with Don Lemon & Joe Biden! Tears in our eyes 48 hours later!
12:47 PM · Jul 23, 2021·Twitter Web App

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Joe
@jf5048
Replying to @ananavarro
Dr Ronnie Jackson, Obama and Trump WH doctor, says Biden is not mentally fit to be president and that he will resign or be removed by the 25th amendment. Anybody that watched that CNN clown hall with Biden should agree.
3:06 PM · Jul 24, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

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