Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) has backup over her calls to harass Trump administration officials.
The support follows Waters revving up a crowd in California over the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy, saying, “‘the people’ will ‘absolutely harass’ Trump staffers.”
Waters said, “Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. 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.”
Following her comments, Waters was scolded by leading congressional members.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said her approach was “not American.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sharply criticized fellow Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters of California on Monday for calling on opponents of President Donald Trump to protest his policies by harassing members of his administration.
He described Waters’ approach as “not American.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi issued a statement, reading in part:
“Congresswoman Maxine Waters is a valued leader whose passionate call for family reunification should be heard without any threats to her safety.”
Waters slammed Schumer during an interview on MSNBC with host Joy Reid.
The American Mirror reports (see video):
“Well, I’m surprised that Chuck Schumer, you know, reached into the other house (of Congress) to do that. I’ve not quite seen that done before, but one of the things I recognize, being an elected official, is in the final analysis, leadership like Chuck Schumer will do anything that they think is necessary to protect their leadership,” she said.
Waters’ supporters didn’t take the pushback against her from the Democrat leaders lightly, citing she was “unfairly” treated.
Hundreds of black female leaders along with their allies are standing behind Waters.
A letter sent to Schumer and Pelosi, signed by Black Women Leaders and Allies, highlights the group’s “deep disappointment” over the lawmakers “recent failure to protect” Waters who the group calls a “shero.” The group also demands an apology.
The group includes a mix of local elected officials, religious leaders, academics, activists and political consultants — including some men — who felt Waters was unfairly treated and want Democratic leaders in Congress to apologize.
“We write to share our profound indignation and deep disappointment over your recent failure to protect Congresswoman Waters from unwarranted attacks from the Trump Administration and others in the GOP,” the women wrote in a letter sent Tuesday. “That failure was further compounded by your decision to unfairly deride her as being ‘uncivil‘ and ‘un-American.‘“
CNN Tweeted about the letter:
Nearly 200 black female leaders and allies outside of Congress have signed a letter calling on top congressional Democrats to defend Rep. Maxine Waters after she was criticized for urging people to protest Trump's Cabinet members in public spaces https://t.co/FsVUcNYfOG pic.twitter.com/UCRaBVNYmj
— CNN (@CNN) July 4, 2018
With the hightened rhetoric from the Left as the midterm elections approach, there are no signs the Democrat leaders will be able to rein in Waters.