U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters made her case to win the 2018 Most Deranged Democrat Award with a speech Saturday urging mobs to harass members of the Trump administration wherever they go.
“If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd,” the California Democrat yelled during a rally in Los Angeles. “And you push back on them. Tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere!”
Maxine Waters calls for attacks on Trump admin: "If u 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." pic.twitter.com/gLmgpc8mEJ #maga
— Matt Batzel (@MattBatzel) June 25, 2018
Her remarks came after White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was denied service at one restaurant and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was chased out of another.
Waters has been making wacky statements since she was first elected to Congress in 1990: She has called for the socialization of oil companies, described flag waving as “outrageous behavior” and declared that Republicans should be forced to “walk the plank.”
The congresswoman, who will be 80 in August, also has called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump on multiple occasions, including last month after he pulled the nation out of predecessor Barack Obama’s disastrous Iran nuclear deal.
Trump, further isolating the United States, thinks he knows better than our negotiators and all of our global allies who agreed to the Iran deal. How long do we have to suffer his gigantic ego and narcissistic behavior? Impeachment is the only answer.
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) May 9, 2018
Waters is now running for her 14th term in the House of Representatives and seems like a shoo-in to keep her job in the heavily Democratic 43rd District.
But her opponent, Republican Omar Navarro, isn’t shying away from the challenge.
The 29-year-old Hispanic Trump supporter hopes the GOP and conservatives across the country will rally behind him in his effort to send Waters packing. According to Fox News, the National Republican Congressional Committee doesn’t plan to get involved in the race.
So many Republicans complaining about Maxine Waters on mainstream media but yet they ignore that I won the primary election on June 5th. It’s time to cut the whine game and stop using her for ratings and give me the chance to really put this racist in her place. #VoteNavarro??
— Omar Navarro (@RealOmarNavarro) June 24, 2018
Waters’ reckless rants about targeting political opponents drew a rebuke from even some of her most liberal colleagues, but Navarro believes she deserves a more serious consequence.
“If Congress will not formally censure her, [then] voters have the option to vote for me in November to replace her,” he told Fox News. “It is time for Maxine Waters to leave Congress.”
One thing working in Navarro’s favor is the racial makeup of the 43rd District: It’s 47 percent Hispanic and just 24 percent black.
While that advantage didn’t help him much in his 2016 campaign against Waters — she won with 76 percent of the vote to Navarro’s 24 — her unapologetic incitement of hate mobs, combined with the country’s booming economy under Trump and the GOP, might be enough to make voters consider alternatives.
“I had faith after Trump won that … we could topple someone like Maxine and win,” he told the Los Angeles Times last November. “That’s the reality of life. There are always upsets.”
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