It’s always dangerous when lawmakers of any political stripe try to inject God into their side of the debate — as if they know unequivocally Jesus’ political leanings — but that doesn’t seem to trouble Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).
Over the weekend, the California lawmaker called on her fellow liberals to harass members of President Donald Trump’s administration wherever they are. To lend legitimacy to her demand, Waters invoked the Almighty, whom she asserted is on her side of the aisle.
“We’re gonna win this battle, because while you try and quote the Bible, [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions and others, you really don’t know the Bible,” she charged. “God is on our side!”
Maxine Waters calls for attacks on Trump administration: "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." pic.twitter.com/jMV7wk48wM
— Ryan Saavedra ?? (@RealSaavedra) June 24, 2018
Waters was referencing Sessions’ controversial invocation of Romans 13 in defense of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which resulted in children being separated from their parents, who entered the U.S. illegally at the country’s southern border.
Furthermore, the progressive Democrat urged physical pushback against the Trump administration. Waters’ comments came just after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant in Lexington, Virginia. The owner of the eatery, The Red Hen, requested that Sanders leave because several of the restaurant’s employees are gay and took issue with her presence.
Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 23, 2018
“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,” Waters urged.
Meghan McCain, the lone conservative panelist on ABC’s “The View,” rebuked Waters for her comments, which she described as “absolutely insane.”
This is absolutely insane – and extremely dangerous. My father in law works in the administration, does this mean when we go out to dinner we should be ambushed?!? Don’t ever again give me any of the “when they go low, we go high” lip service. https://t.co/UF1feYT0Pm
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) June 24, 2018
Even Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), one of the Trump administration’s most outspoken opponents, called out Waters on the floor of the U.S. Senate, saying, “No one should call for the harassment of political opponents. That’s not right. That’s not American.”
Following Waters’ hateful speech, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) introduced a motion Tuesday calling for the progressive congresswoman’s resignation, Fox News reported.
In his motion, Biggs said Waters’ inflammatory comments could “directly and unnecessarily lead to public unrest, physical violence, and physical injury,” noting members of Trump’s White House have already faced harassment in public spaces.
So far, five members of Congress have reportedly signed on to the motion to censure Waters.