At an immigration rally in Los Angeles on Saturday, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) charged up the crowd with tales of her stunning bravery in the face of the myriad death threats she has supposedly received since encouraging her supporters to harass and bully members of the Trump administration.
“I know that there are those who are taking about censuring me, talking about kicking me out of Congress, talking about shooting me, talking about hanging me,” Waters said. “All I have to say is this: If you shoot me, you better shoot straight. There’s nothing like a wounded animal.”
The crowd applauded loudly for this cheap, WWE-style promo.
Well, we’ll certainly concede the first two items on Waters’ list. There HAS been talk of censuring her and forcing her to resign from Congress; this talk was quite appropriate in light of the remarks she made to supporters two weeks ago at a toy drive. After Sarah Sanders and other Trump officials were harassed and shouted out of restaurants in the D.C. area, Waters said that liberals should make it their mission to keep the fun going.
At that original appearance, Waters told her supporters that she wanted “history to record that we stood up, that we pushed back, that we fought, that we did not consider ourselves victims of this president.”
In an interview later that day on MSNBC, the California lawmaker doubled down: “They’re not going to be able to go to a restaurant, they’re not going to be able to stop at a gas station, they’re not going to be able to shop at a department store. The people are going to turn on them, they’re going to protest, they’re going to absolutely harass them.”
Conservatives (and even the Democratic leadership) slammed Waters for her remarks, saying there was no place in a civil society for this kind of call to action from a national politician. Let’s face it: When even Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are disavowing your remarks, you really need to come to a microphone and admit that you messed up. But then, Waters was never accused of being the sharpest tack in the drawer, and she is relishing the newfound attention she’s gotten over the past week.
Now, it’s important to point out that when EPA Chief Scott Pruitt claimed that he was getting death threats, the media scoffed and never let a headline pass without telling readers just how skeptical they were of the claim. With Waters, naturally, there IS no skepticism. She’s a black female Democrat, so we have to believe everything she says.
But this is how Mad Maxine can go out and make herself look SO BRAVE in front of her supporters. Never mind the fact that SHE was the one who first encouraged her followers to “push back” when they saw Trump supporters and employees in public. Never mind the fact that SHE started the trouble. No, she’s a victim, naturally. Let’s all gather ‘round and feel sorry for her and admire her courage.
Give us a break.