Waters Encourages Public Harassment of Trump Administration Officials: 'Create a Crowd ... Tell Them They're Not Welcome'

June 24, 2018

Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) endorsed the practice of publicly harassing Trump administration officials on Saturday, encouraging people to "create a crowd" around any they see and tell them they're "not welcome."

Speaking at a "Keep Families Together" rally in California, Waters blasted Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a racist and dismissed his quoting of the Bible to defend the Trump administration's border policies separating illegal immigrants from their children, saying "God is on our side."

"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 said. "We've got to get the children connected to their parents."

Waters' comments come after recent public incidents involving high-profile Trump administration officials.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was told to leave a resturant in Lexington, Virginia, on Friday, because its owner opposed her work on behalf of Trump. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was yelled and chanted at by protesters last week until she left a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C., due to her role in the administration's controversial border policy.

Protesters also gathered outside Nielsen's house, chanting "No justice, no sleep."

Waters made similar remarks Saturday in an interview on MSNBC, saying she agreed with those calling for Nielsen's resignation and adding the people in opposition to the White House will "absolutely harass" Trump administration officials until they resigned.

"I have no sympathy for people that are in this administration who know it's wrong what they're doing on so many fronts, but they tend to not want to confront this president or even leave, but they know what they're doing is wrong," she said.

"I want to tell you, for these members of his Cabinet who remain and try to defend him, they're not going to to be able to go to a restaurant, they're not going to to be able to stop at a gas station, they're not going to to be able to stop at a department store," she added. "The people are going to turn on them. They're going to protest. They're going to absolutely harass them until they decide that they're going to tell the president, 'No, I can't hang with you.'"

Waters has become a progressive darling since President Trump took office for her invective against him and constant calls for his impeachment. Trump has called her a "low IQ individual."