Back in the summer of 2018, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) infamously encouraged mobs of Democrats to harass Donald Trump’s staffers wherever they could be found.
Almost three years later, Waters is out with another violent outburst, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is still shielding her.
Tom Fitton, of the conservative legal group Judicial Watch, is calling out Pelosi and weak Republican leaders — who had the majority in the summer of 2018 — for failing to take action since he filed an ethics complaint nearly three years ago.
Waters incited violence 3 years ago
“Maxine Waters is a menace to public safety and Nancy Pelosi is protecting her. Judicial Watch filed an ethics complaint against her three years ago for inciting violence but Pelosi and Republican leadership have protected her,” Fitton said.
Judicial Watch filed its complaint in response to a notorious rant at the height of the controversy over Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, as mobs of Democrats publicly confronted Trump officials like press secretary Sarah Sanders and former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
Waters saw fit to escalate the situation. “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 are not welcome anymore, anywhere,” Waters said.
At the time, Fitton issued a prescient warning as he called on the House to consider expelling Waters.
“It is so dangerous out there, in my view, for Trump supporters generally,” he said. “The House has an opportunity here. If they’re not pressed by voters, they’ll do nothing.”
An unheeded warning
Fitton has turned out to be right on all counts. Although her comments have given her some grief over the years, Waters has suffered no tangible penalties. She still sits on the Financial Services Committee, which she chairs. Meanwhile, the political climate has become significantly more volatile.
The summer of 2018 seems almost quaint after the George Floyd riots of 2020, and Black Lives Matter and antifa continue to menace the public with impunity while political bomb throwers who egg them on face no consequences. No wonder Waters hasn’t mellowed out.
As Minneapolis brews with tensions over Derek Chauvin’s trial for the alleged murder of Floyd, Waters issued a call for Black Lives Matter activists to take justice into their own hands if Chauvin is acquitted. “We’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational,” Waters said. “We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”
While Republicans are calling for Waters to be punished, the odds of Pelosi listening are close to zero. What were they doing three years ago, when they had the power to do something?