Nancy Pelosi, Democrats turn on Maxine Waters following her appeal to publicly shame Trump administration
Following her excitement over White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ unceremonious exit from a Virginia Red Hen restaurant, Maxine Waters called for everyday citizens to resist the bigotry of the Trump administration by making officials uncomfortable in public. This did not go over well with many high ranking members of the Democratic Party, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up,” Waters said at a rally. “And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere. We’ve got to get the children connected to their parents.”
Soon after, Pelosi took to social media to call for a return to civility, responding on Twitter, “In the crucial months ahead, we must strive to make America beautiful again… Trump’s daily lack of civility has provoked responses that are predictable but unacceptable. As we go forward, we must conduct elections in a way that achieves unity from sea to shining sea.”
Pelosi was not the only Democrat to disparage Waters’ comments. Cory Booker also said in an interview with MSNBC, “I subscribe to the idea of radical love – you should protest, but in the way Martin Luther King did – I worry in our country right now that Americans are hating Americans. We’ve got to get to a point in our country that we can all talk to each other.”
In addition to the folding house of cards on the left, Republican Congressman Andy Biggs from Arizona introduced a motion to congress calling on Waters to resign for “endangering” the lives of White House officials and “sowing seeds of discord.” Biggs says of his efforts, “So we just introduced it, we have some co-sponsors, but what she did was to basically incite people to come after and attack members of the president’s cabinet.”
In a press conference, Waters defended herself, “Trying to have people believe that I talked about harming people. There’s nowhere in my statement, anytime, anyplace that we talked about harm.” Waters continued, “I have nothing to do with the way people decide to protest. Protest is the democratic way, as long as it is peaceful. I believe in peaceful protest. It is guaranteed to you in a democracy.”