Democrat Congresswoman Maxine Waters has recently called for “the resistance” to seek out Trump administration officials and harass them whenever they show their face in public, whether that be at a department store, a gas station, or a restaurant.
Waters claims, with enough harassment, then these officials will change their stance and begin to act against the president. “You ain’t seen nothing yet,” she added.
“I have no sympathy for these people that are in this administration who know it is wrong what they’re doing on so many fronts but they tend to not want to confront this president,” Waters said during the rally, per the Hill.
And, from American Mirror:
“History will record while he tried to step on all of us, we kicked him in his rear and step on him,” she yelled, whipping up the crowd.
“If you think we’re rallying now, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet,” she warned.
“Already, you have members of your Cabinet that are being booed out of restaurants,” she continued as the crowd erupted, “who have protesters taking up at their house, who say, ‘No peace, no sleep. No peace, no sleep,’” she continued.
“And guess what,” she predicted, “we’re going to win this battle because while you try and quote the Bible, Jeff Sessions and others, you really don’t know the Bible.
“God is on OUR side!” she declared, as the crowd went wild. “On the side of the children. On the side of what’s right. On the side of what’s honorable.”
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The California Democrat then commanded people to harass Trump administration officials.
“For these members of his cabinet who remain and try to defend him they’re not going to be able to go to a restaurant, they’re not going to be able to stop at a gas station, they’re not going to be able to shop at a department store, the people are going to turn on them, they’re going to protest, they’re going to absolutely harass them until they decide that they’re going to tell the president ‘no I can’t hang with you, this is wrong this is unconscionable and we can’t keep doing this to children,'” she said, as the Hill reports.
Check it out:
“You ain’t seen nothing yet” -Rep. Maxine Waters urges public to confront Trump officials days after Kirstjen Nielsen & Sarah Sanders are approached at restaurants pic.twitter.com/kc4n1ZH8M9
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) June 25, 2018
Maxine Waters on June 24, 2018: “And if you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you call a crowd, and you push back on them and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore anywhere.” #tRump-ism pic.twitter.com/3TEeqaR0bp
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) June 25, 2018
Here’s the full clip:
Some people online were quick to condemn Waters over her remarks:
“Civility and respect always prevails over harassment and disrespect,” Republican Congressman Steve Scalise said in a tweet.
“This is absolutely insane – and extremely dangerous,” “The View” co-host Meghan McCain said in a response. “My father in law works in the administration, does this mean when we go out to dinner we should be ambushed?!?”
“Don’t ever again give me any of the ‘when they go low, we go high’ lip service,” McCain continued, referring former first lady Michelle Obama.
Civility and respect always prevails over harassment and disrespect https://t.co/4kF53WwE0v
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) June 24, 2018
This is absolutely insane – and extremely dangerous. My father in law works in the administration, does this mean when we go out to dinner we should be ambushed?!? Don’t ever again give me any of the “when they go low, we go high” lip service. https://t.co/UF1feYT0Pm
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) June 24, 2018
This is too far. Disagreeing is one thing. Harassing people so that they’re shunned (and eventually silenced) is something altogether different and sinister.
— Heather (@HLMinNJ) June 25, 2018
The saddest part is that she has followers that have the same ideas and very low levels of conflict resolution that encourage violence and intimidation. They consider it “strategic” to getting their way.
I hope her (and those alike) message doesn’t get someone hurt, or worse.
— joel skinner (@jcskinr) June 25, 2018
She should be labeled as a domestic terrorist. Enticing people to do this? How many would take it a step or two further?! Yeah, I would put the force of the @FBI on this one…
— Bill Sanford (@coachofspin) June 25, 2018
She’s a Nut Job!! Someone gets hurt because of her statements need to press charges against her!!!
— Melisa (@MelisaNegron) June 25, 2018
Who’s her boss? Doesn’t she have to abide by an oath of office & ethics code of conduct? Who’s holding her to those things? I know she can’t technically be fired but maybe cited for inciting violence, removed from office. Can Jeff Sessions/anyone investigate?
— Leesa FL (@leesa_fl) June 25, 2018
And, from National Review:
How exactly does Maxine Waters think this is going to shake out?
Does she think this tactic will be used only by leftist protesters, only against Trump cabinet officials, and that in no circumstance will “pushing back at them” lead to violence against those targeted individuals? Does she think that there is no possible scenario where the security details assigned to protect cabinet officials from harm respond to threatening behavior with force? Does she think that there’s a scenario where the cabinet officials, the president, and his supporters in general decide that because so many leftists are angry, they had better change their minds and their policies?
Does she envision a near-future where Trump and the Right in general avoid policy proposals that offend or anger Leftists, out of a fear of being targeted for “pushback” that will make them unwelcome anywhere?
The only counter-evidence for these scenarios is the entirety of human existence and the complete history of angry mobs. Angry mobs are not discerning or careful. They do not distinguish between their initial target and anyone who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The call to harass Trump administration officials came after Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders were both publicly harassed on their personal time.
Senior Advisor to the President Stephen Miller was also yelled at and heckled while recently eating at a restaurant.