Political discourse regarding our immigration policy has disintegrated into a potentially dangerous situation, with Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ fiery speech over the weekend, calling for physical confrontation towards those within the Trump Administration and supporters of his “zero tolerance” immigration policy.
The incendiary and provoking tirade followed on the heels of several attacks on Republican officials. These include White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders being harassed and told to leave a restaurant on Friday and Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi being followed and harassed by a mob of demonstrators as she and her husband left a movie theater.
In fact, over the weekend 3 Republican officials were physically confronted and verbally assaulted in public spaces.
Bondi claimed, on “Fox & Friends”, that one protester actually spit at her stating, “Now I can’t say that was intentional because he was yelling so loud, I don’t know if it was just him spewing out of his mouth,” she said.
This brings us back to Congresswoman Waters calling for a physical confrontation of Trump officials at an outdoor gathering on Saturday, “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. Tell them they’re not welcome any more, anywhere!”
Waters continued inciting her supporters shouting, “We’re gonna 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, on the side of the children. On the side of what’s right. On the side of what’s honorable. On the side of understanding that if we can’t protect the children, we can’t protect anybody. ”
She concluded her speech by encouraging those in attendance to continue physically confronting Trump officials within their personal lives, similar to what was done to White House Press Security Sanders on Friday and to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, earlier last week at a Washington, D.C. restaurant.
However, her call for physical confrontations caught the attention of leaders within both parties, forcing Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Monday to take to the Senate floor attempting to rein in Waters saying, “I strongly disagree with those who advocate harassing folks if they don’t agree with you. … No one should call for the harassment of political opponents. That’s not right. That’s not American.”
GOP lawmakers, however, weren’t so forgiving, introducing a measure by Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs on Monday, that would censure the unhinged progressive loon and asking her to resign for inciting the potential for violent confrontation.
Briggs went on to say that Waters’ comments do “not become somebody who’s in Congress” and warrant disciplinary action.
“So we just introduced it, we have some cosponsors, but what she did was to basically incite people to come after and attack members of the president’s cabinet,” the Arizona Republican told The Hill. “And also spread that out to more people.”
“Everybody agrees that it was just highly objectionable what she did,” he added.
Waters’ comments on Saturday were so egregious and worrisome, especially within this climate of deep political division that the President’s aids and staff members are being advised by security experts to arm themselves.
Law professor John Banzhaf and Crime Prevention Research Center’s John Lott are advising public officials and staff members within the Trump Administration to get guns and/or concealed carry permits for their own personal protection.
Banzhaf speaking to the Washington Examiner regarding Waters’ unhinged rants said, “High-level officials in the Trump administration, especially if their faces are likely to be recognized by many in the public as a result of appearances on TV, might want to consider applying for a license to carry a concealed weapon in the District of Columbia, and/or other states they frequent, in view of the call by Rep. Maxine Waters for the public to “absolutely harass” these officials in public places, and other recent events indicating the increased danger they are in.”
Lott also observed, “There are simply not enough police in D.C. or Virginia or Maryland to protect all Trump officials at their homes and when they go out to restaurants. Getting a concealed handgun permit would be helpful to protect themselves and their family.”