Tweet Suggests Rep. Maxine Waters And Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Should Change Places

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Written by Dana Sanchez

 

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Va. because employees didn’t want to serve her, and the story dominated the political news over the weekend.

At a June 23 rally in Los Angeles, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) told supporters that the Trump administration and its defenders should expect the protests to continue:

“For these members of his Cabinet who remain and try to defend (Trump), 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,” Waters said.

Waters’ words were interpreted by some, including Democrats, as encouraging harassment.

The incident stimulated robust discussion on social media about whether Waters’ remarks were appropriate, whether this is what people should be focused on, and whether this was akin to adopting Trump-like tactics.

This cartoon, which went viral, is the creation of illustrator Jesse Duquette, who publishes The Daily Don, a series of cartoons about the Trump presidency. Duquette first posted the cartoon to Facebook on June 30, 2017. Snopes.com verified that the cartoon accurately presents quotes by then-presidential candidate Trump on the campaign trail in 2015 and 2016. Source: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/donald-trump-incitement-violence/

The president responded on Monday to Waters with a tweeted warning that she should be careful what she wishes for:

“Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an extraordinarily low IQ person, has become, together with Nancy Pelosi, the Face of the Democrat Party,” the president tweeted. “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!”

Trump misrepresented Waters’ comments when he said she called for his supporters to be harmed, HuffPost reported.

Waters was referring to the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy on undocumented immigrants, which has resulted in families being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. “We’ve got to get the children connected to their parents,” she said.

Waters’ words were criticized on both sides of the aisle. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called them “unacceptable.”

The Sanders-Red Hen situation “has unearthed a growing sentiment in our society,” wrote Aaron Blake in the Washington Post, in an article entitled “Maxine Waters shows why the Sarah Huckabee Sanders-Red Hen story is extremely important”.

“It is seen in liberals and opponents of President Trump who are done with playing nice,” Blake wrote. “It is apparent as the Democratic Party gradually sheds Michelle Obama’s declaration that ‘When they go low, we go high’ and trading it for ‘We fight fire with fire.’ It is borne of frustration and a lack of results after abiding by the norms of political discourse while Trump and his allies run roughshod over all the old rules.”

 

U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters seen at the Justice on Trial Film Festival, on Oct. 20, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)