Andy Biggs, Arizona Republican Congressman, proposed a measure Monday calling Maxine Watters, California Democrat Congresswoman, to officially apologize to Trump Administration for “endangering their lives and sowing seeds of discord.” Also, Andy proposed Watters be dismissed from her position and make a public statement explaining how harassment or violence is not accepted as a form of protest.
One week ago, Watters called on people to exert public pressure on Trump Administration members, whenever they see officials in public and to show them that “they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.” Additionally, she stated on MSNBC that protesters are “going to absolutely harass them.”
“The California Democrat told MSNBC, “These members of his Cabinet who remain and try to defend him, they’re not going to be able to go to a restaurant, they’re not going to be able to stop at a gas station, they’re not going to be able to shop at a department store. The people are going to turn on them. They’re going to protest. They’re absolutely going to harass them until they decide that they’re going to tell the president, ‘No, I can’t hang with you.’ This is wrong. This is unconscionable.”
She was referring to several instances where the public has already angrily confronted White House officials in public spaces over the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy toward illegal immigrants, which led to the separation of parents from their children.
Waters emphasized, “I have no sympathy for these 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.”
“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,” she said, sparking condemnation across the political spectrum. She later told MSNBC that protesters are “going to absolutely harass them.”
The Biggs’ motion claims that Waters’ statements could “directly and unnecessarily lead to public unrest, physical violence, and physical injury” and that members of the administration have already been harassed in public.
The motion reportedly already attracted the support of five members of Congress. Biggs told The Hill that Waters’ comments do “not become somebody who’s in Congress” and that “everybody agrees that it was just highly objectionable what she did.”
“So we just introduced it, we have some co-sponsors, but what she did was to basically incite people to come after and attack members of the president’s cabinet,” he said. “And also spread that out to more people.”
Waters has since doubled-down on her comments at a rally, insisting that she didn’t suggest harming people. “Trump is the one who is creating lies,” Waters said during a Monday afternoon news conference. “Trying to have people believe that I talked about harming people. There’s nowhere in my statement, anytime, anyplace that we talked about harm.”
“I have nothing to do with the way people decide to protest. Protest is the democratic way as long as it is peaceful,” Waters added. “I believe in peaceful protest. It is guaranteed to you in a democracy.”