Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) could likely be the target of Ethics and United States Secret Service probes for inciting violence and assaults on President Donald Trump’s Cabinet members.
The government whistleblower group, Judicial Watch, filed an Ethics complaint Monday with the chairman and co-chairman of the House Office of Congressional Ethics – calling for action against the virulent Democrat for rallying an anti-Trump movement across the nation to harm the president’s officials.
“In encouraging individuals to create ‘crowds’ who will ‘push back’ on President Trump’s Cabinet members at private business establishments, and in seemingly trying to prevent these Cabinet officials from obtaining basic necessities without fear of assault and violence, Rep. Waters seems to be violation of House rules,” the hand-delivered House Ethics complaint written by Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton reads, according to Judicial Watch.
Proof is in the video …
In a video posted on the Internet for the world to see, Waters incited demonstrators Saturday at a rally in Los Angeles, California, to target, harass and assault key members of the Trump administration wherever they see them 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!” Waters instructed, as seen on a YouTube video. “And you tell them that they are not welcome, anymore, anywhere.”
Her tirade was far from ending there.
“And guess what? … we’re going to win this battle because while you try and quote the Bible, Jeff Sessions and others, you really don’t know the Bible,” Waters yelled at the California crowd, according to the American Mirror. “God is on OUR side! On the side of the children. On the side of what’s right. On the side of what’s honorable.”
She also directly addressed Trump, warning him of their impending around-the-clock harassment.
“Mr. President, we will see you every day, every hour of the day, everywhere that we are to let you know you cannot get away with this!” Waters added.
In clear violation …
The complaint specifically cites House Rule 23, clause 1 to prove that Waters’ incitement to violence indeed violates her position’s professional code of conduct.
“A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House shall conduct himself at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House,” the rule quoted in the Judicial Watch complaint states.
After pinpointing numerous violations, the watchdog group called for an Ethics probe to be administered on the fiery Democrat – whose call for violence even spurred virulent anti-Trumper, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), to condemn her incitement.
“We hereby request that the Office of Congressional Ethics conduct a preliminary investigation into whether Rep. Maxine Waters violated House Rules in encouraging attacks on Cabinet officials,” the document continues.
Fitton is urging immediate action against Waters, who he deems as being unfit to hold public office with her recurring vicious verbal attacks on the president and calls for violence against his administration.
“Rep. Maxine Waters incited violence and assault against members of President Trump’s Cabinet,” Fitton proclaimed. “It is urgent that the House Ethics Office quickly acts to hold her accountable for this dangerous incitement.”
Calling on the Secret Service
Besides an ethics probe, citizen journalist Laura Loomer is calling for a Secret Service probe of Waters for inciting violence against the Trump administration.
“I just filed a complaint against Rep. @MaxineWaters with the @SecretService,” Loomer tweeted Monday. “Although the Secret Service Officer couldn’t get into the details of the investigation, he did tell me that SS is looking into Maxine’s comments that incite violence against @realDonaldTrump & his staff.”
Taking political differences too far …
Waters pressed the limits of political rivalry and opposition by spurring crowds toward hatred of the president and promoting the idea of tormenting his Cabinet members in public and at home.
“Her rant, to a handful of cheering fans, included her now-familiar chorus about impeachment and her claim that President Trump has ‘disrespected all of us,’” WND reported. “She claimed God is on her side and told her followers to ‘show up’ wherever someone from the Trump administration appears and get them ‘booed out of restaurants,’ vowing they would get ‘no sleep.’”
Longtime Republican politicians are worried that Waters and Democrats will not stop their rhetoric until someone gets hurt, pointing to the past.
“Veteran political adviser and longtime columnist Pat Buchanan warned of very real violence that can follow such inflammatory rhetoric,” WND’s Bob Unruh pointed out. “He noted White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant last Friday, [a]nd [that] Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and White House aide Steven Miller were heckled last week while dining in D.C. On Friday night, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was confronted by protesters at a movie theater.”
A fairly recent example of this violence was then brought up.
“[Buchanan noted that] the sentiment turned violent – but fortunately not fatal – just a year ago when James Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old volunteer in Bernie Sanders’ campaign, opened fire on GOP lawmakers practicing for their annual baseball game with the Democrats,” Unruh added.
Last summer’s infamous Congressional Baseball Game shooting wounding several – which took place near the nation’s capital just over a year ago – was used as a reminder of what happens when politicians incite hate and violence.
“House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was wounded, almost mortally,” Buchanan recounted, according to WND. “Had it not been for Scalise’s security detail, Hodgkinson might have carried out a mass atrocity. The left – to the point of irrationality – despises a triumphant Trumpian right and believes that to equate it with fascists is not only legitimate, but a sign that the accusers are the real moral, righteous and courageous dissenters in these terrible times.”
It was also noted that this problem with the left goes back decades.
“After Dr. King’s assassination, a hundred cities, including the capital, were looted and burned – scores died [and] U.S. troops and the National Guard were called out to restore order,” the Republican politician continued. “Soldiers returning from Vietnam were spat upon. Cops were gunned down by urban terrorists. Bombings and bomb attempts were everyday occurrences. Campuses were closed down. In May 1971, tens of thousands of radicals went on a rampage to shut down D.C.”
He then called the leftists who referred to Trump and child detention centers as Nazi concentration camps as nothing short of “absurd.”
“Does anyone truly believe that the centers where the children of illegal migrants are being held – run as they are by liberal bureaucrats from the Department of Health and Human Services – are like Stalin’s Gulag or Hitler’s camps?” Buchanan asked, implying that Democrats are making no sense. “Because if you have been told and believe your opponents are fascists, then their gatherings are deserving not of respect but of disruption, and, as was true in the 1960s, if you manifest your contempt, you will receive the indulgence of a media that will celebrate your superior morality.”
Moving forward … or backward?
In response to Waters inciting violence against him and his Cabinet, Trump nicknamed the California Democrat “Low IQ.”
After her video went viral on YouTube, Waters attempted to make light of her call for violence, insisting that she has no influence on what leftist anti-Trump demonstrators actually do.
Her response was posted on Twitter by Fox News.
“@RepMaxineWaters moments ago: ‘I have no way of telling people how to protest, what they should protest,’” Fox Business tweeted Monday.