It was supposed to be just another political rally with sound bites, chants, and the whole shebang. That was until Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) made a faux pas statement that attracted scorn even from fellow party members. In her words:
It is shocking that Waters would incite politically driven mobs to harass members of the Trump administration only a year after a left-wing nutcase opened fire on a GOP baseball game, seriously wounding Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and others in attendance.
Her statement generated indignation across party lines. Top democrats took it upon themselves to condemn her call to harass Trump’s cabinet members. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Minority Leader called Waters statement “unacceptable” in a tweet. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Minority Leader, on the Senate floor said, “I strongly disagree with those who advocate harassing folks if they don’t agree with you.” “No one should call for the harassment of political opponents,” he continued.
On the right, Paul Ryan (R-WI), Speaker of the House of Representatives, maintained that “When we, in this democracy, are suggesting that because we disagree with each other’s political views and policy views and philosophical views, that we should resort to violence and harassment and intimidation, that’s dangerous for our society, that’s dangerous for our democracy.” “She should apologize and there is just no place for that in our public discourse,” he added.
Sarah Sanders, White House Press Secretary, decried the “calls for harassment and push for any Trump supporter to avoid the public” as “unacceptable.”
But with Sanders restaurant ejection and subsequent placement under Secret Service protection, the accosting of Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and Mitch McConnell’s wife mobbing incident in her own driveway amongst several other incidents; the Judicial Watch is calling for stiffer repercussions than denouncements. The foundation sent a hand-delivered letter to the chairman and co-chairman of the House Office of Congressional Ethics requesting that “the Office of Congressional Ethics conduct a preliminary investigation into whether Rep. Maxine Waters violated House Rules in encouraging attacks on Cabinet officials.”
The letter written by Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton surmised that, “In encouraging individuals to create ‘crowds’ who will ‘push back’ on President Trump’s cabinet members at private business establishments and in seemingly trying to prevent these Cabinet officials from obtaining basic necessities without fear of assault and violence, Rep. Waters seems to be in violation of House rules.”
The rule in question is House Rule 23, clause 1, which states that:
In a comment on the ethics investigation request, Fitton maintained that, “Rep. Maxine Waters incited violence and assault against members of President Trump’s Cabinet.” Further stressing that, “It is urgent that the House ethics quickly act to hold her accountable for this dangerous incitement.”
Waters has had to deal with a lot more following her call for a public harassment campaign against cabinet members. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) filed a motion to censure Maxine Waters. The measure also called for Waters resignation. The next day, journalist Laura Loomer tweeted that she had filed a police report to press charges of assault against Maxine Waters. Detailing the fateful encounter with Waters, Loomer explained that, “When I confronted her regarding her call for targeted harassment of Trump administration officials, Ms. Waters assaulted me 3 times. She hit my hand to try to knock my phone out of my hand, and then she hit me in the face with her papers twice.”