The political left has descended to such a level of unhinged derangement against President Donald Trump that some have eschewed normal civil politics and are encouraging the adoption of mob harassment tactics that will inevitably lead to somebody being injured or killed.
Democrat California Rep. Maxine “Impeach 45” Waters is one of those who is inciting leftists to engage in what amounts to mob violence against members of Trump’s administration and those who support him, an effort to shame such individuals and make them feel unwelcome in general society.
At a weekend rally in Los Angeles, Waters proclaimed, “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.”
The Huffington Post noted that Waters had received pushback from many Republicans and even some top Democrats, who likely realized Waters’ call to incitement didn’t reflect well on their calls for a more civil political dialogue.
However, even as she has received a rebuke from some on the left, many others are in agreement with Waters’ call to publicly harass Trump associates and supporters, and others have defended her comments by parsing her words to state she never called for violence, even as violent action was clearly implied by and an inevitable result of her demands for mob action.
According to Big League Politics, conservative investigative journalist Laura Loomer tracked down Waters in the halls of Congress and asked her a series of questions with regard to her call to mob action, but Waters was in no mood to answer any questions.
In fact, Waters even appeared to get slightly physical with Loomer as she attempted to avoid answering the reporter’s direct questions.
On at least two and possibly three occasions, Waters attempted to bat away Loomer’s camera or cover it up with a sheet of paper, a physical act that could easily have accelerated the situation into a violent altercation.
Loomer repeatedly asked questions that stemmed from Waters’ remarks, such as “Where are conservatives allowed to go in D.C.?” and “Where can a conservative eat at a restaurant in D.C.?”
Perhaps the most pointed question from Loomer — and one that drove to the heart of Waters’ demand for ideological discrimination — was whether conservatives are now supposed to “sit at the back of the bus?”
Waters declined to answer any of those questions and merely replied over and over again, “Please come to my office and speak with me there,” though it is unlikely that Loomer would get an interview or straight answers if she tried to contact Waters that way.
Once Waters reached a members-only elevator she hid behind several aides and attendants, smugly smiling and even sticking her tongue out at Loomer for a brief moment.
All the while, the aides and attendants continued to attempt to block Loomer’s camera and loudly shouted in her face that the elevator was for members of Congress only.
Maxine Waters and her defenders can try to walk back her provocative remarks or attempt to defend them as justified in the Age of Trump, but there is little denying that Waters has incited mob action which will inevitably lead to violence against Trump associates and supporters.
The kind of political violence Waters advocated is uncalled for and should be widely condemned as the antithesis of the polite and civil political discourse our society is supposed to strive toward. It cannot be allowed to stand unchecked.
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