Pelosi Calls Out 'Unacceptable' Comments From Maxine Waters Calling for Harassment of Trump Officials

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi / Getty Images
June 25, 2018

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif) called out one of her fellow House Democrats Monday for comments calling for targeted harassment of Trump administration officials.

"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," Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif) said at a Saturday rally. "We've got to get the children connected to their parents."

But in response to a CNN Politics story about Waters' comments, Pelosi called for "unity" and suggested Waters' call was "unacceptable."

"In the crucial months ahead, we must strive to make America beautiful again," Pelosi tweeted. "Trump’s daily lack of civility has provoked responses that are predictable but unacceptable. As we go forward, we must conduct elections in a way that achieves unity from sea to shining sea."

Waters' comments and Pelosi's chastisement come after a series of high-profile incidents where Trump administration officials were refused service or harassed by protesters in public places. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was forced to leave a D.C. restaurant by one such protest last week, while White House senior advisor Stephen Miller was accosted at a Mexican restaurant by a man calling him a "fascist" only days earlier. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was kicked out of a Virginia restaurant by the owner on Friday night.