Dems Distance Themselves From Waters
President Trump issued a warning to Rep. Maxine Waters on Twitter yesterday and the California Democrat fired back by calling him a liar, as leading Democratic lawmakers distanced themselves from Waters' call for "push back" against Trump Cabinet members when they're out in public.
After reports last week amid the uproar over children being separated from their parents at the border of members of the public heckling Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Trump senior adviser Stephen Miller at Mexican restaurants, and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders being asked to leave a Virginia restaurant, Waters told a crowd of supporters over the weekend, "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!"
Trump tweeted yesterday, "Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an extraordinarily low IQ person, has become, together with Nancy Pelosi, the Face of the Democrat Party. She has just called for harm to supporters, of which there are many, of the Make America Great Again movement. Be careful what you wish for Max!" Waters shot back, accusing the president of being a liar as she told reporters later in the day, "I believe in peaceful, very peaceful protests. I have not called for the harm of anybody. This President has lied again when he's saying that I've called for harm." She added, "Protest is civility. Protest is about peaceful resistance to the kind of actions that we are experiencing."
But Democratic leaders worried about a backlash to Waters' remarks distanced themselves from them. House Minority Leader Pelosi tweeted, "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."
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer said on the Senate floor yesterday, "The best solution is to win elections. That is a far more productive way to channel the legitimate frustrations with this president’s policies than with harassing members of his administration."