Finally! What took so long?
Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs introduced a measure calling for Maxine Waters to be censured after her comments calling on opponents of President Trump to harass and protest administration officials in public.
“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.
Many viewed Waters’ comments as an incitement to violence, something the left has already engaged in with multiple incidents against Republican women including Flordia Attorney General Pam Bondi, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. (RELATED: Another Pro-Trump Government Official Is Chased Out of a Public Building).
Tonight, I introduced a resolution to censure and condemn Maxine Waters for her recent comments, that encouraged actions that jeopardized the safety of government officials. Her rhetoric, as a Member of Congress, was unacceptable. STATEMENT: https://t.co/9GbZZyFk5p
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) June 26, 2018
Biggs’ measure not only seeks to censure the congresswoman, it suggests she resign for telling her followers to confront political opponents in public.
“Individuals have the right to debate their differences civilly, without fear of retribution,” he said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Maxine Waters’ comments condone public violence and encourage actions that jeopardize the safety and security of government officials and the American people.”
The measure also suggests Waters apologize to officials “for endangering their lives and sowing seeds of discord.”
“Everybody agrees that it was just highly objectionable what she did,” Biggs claims.
Well, not everyone.
Waters insists that Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer don’t really disagree with her call for members of the Trump administration to be harassed in public.
Senator Cory Booker also offered his opinion, nodding in agreement with Waters.
“Yes, you should protest. Yes, you should confront evil and injustice,” he said.
Meanwhile, Waters has made comments designed to incite violence, repeated them, doubled down on them, and believes she’s done no wrong.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan himself should have introduced a measure to censure Waters. We here at the Political Insider have been insisting that Waters be censured for months, citing other instances of unhinged rhetoric and the fact that she was named “one of the most corrupt members of Congress.”
In addition to Biggs’ conservatives have started a petition demanding that Waters issue an apology for her calls to violence.
Biggs’ measure is long overdue. Thus far, five lawmakers have signed on to the measure, an incredibly low number considering this should be a bipartisan call to renounce violent rhetoric.