Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has insisted the former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial will go forward, despite the fact that Trump has already left office.
Schumer has asserted that a conviction to ensure that Trump will be forever barred from running for office — and he isn’t the only Democratic politician who is saying so, as Breitbart reported.
During an appearance on MSNBC’s The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart, California Rep. Maxine Waters (D) warned that Trump would “take over legislatures, little towns, and cities” unless tried and convicted.
“These people have been aligned with him,” she said, according to Breitbart. “One of the things I hope that will be looked at as we take this impeachment to the Senate is the fact that in his campaign for re-election, he was paying the very organizers of the insurrection that took place.”
Speaking with MSNBC, Waters pinned the blame on Trump for an attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
“I do believe he sent all of these domestic terrorists to the Capitol to take over the Capitol, and that includes not only the Proud Boys but the Oath Keepers, the QAnon, and white supremacists,” Waters said of Trump, as Breitbart reported.
She went on: “I think it is very clear. We cannot afford to allow this president to leave here without being impeached and, you know, absolutely convicted.”
Waters also asserted that lawmakers “cannot allow [Trump] to leave and have all of the resources of the taxpayers to have not only money to hire staff, but to hire security, and money to organize with, because he will continue.”
The congresswoman predicted that the former president would attempt “to take over legislatures, little towns, and cities and he doesn’t give a darn about the Constitution and so our democracy is at stake.”
Of course, Waters’ grave concerns over potential insurrection are somewhat curious given her own history of publicly calling for mob activity.
In 2018, she told a crowd of supporters that if they “see anybody from [Trump’s] 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,” as TIME magazine reported.
Such rhetoric isn’t a new development for Waters, as she also described the violent riots that struck Los Angeles in 1992, in which 63 people died, as merely “an uprising.” It seems she’s since changed her tune.