Defending Auntie Maxine

The president of the United States has threatened California Democratic Congressmember Maxine Waters after she expressed support for acts of civil disobedience and protest.

Representative Waters has quickly become “Auntie Maxine” after she encouraged people to confront members of the administration when seen in public and to pressure them to take action to reunite the thousands of children separated from their parents.

And she became the target of the president just as fast.

This past weekend, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave by the owner of a Lexington, Virginia Red Hen restaurant, who said that her staff was uncomfortable in the presence of the administration mouthpiece.

It’s the second such incident in a matter of weeks, with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen having been booed out of a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C. by protesters chanting “shame” in criticism of Nielsen’s involvement in the separation of immigrant children from their families.

Waters was at the Wilshire Federal Building when she made her comments Monday.

“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And 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. We’ve got to get the children connected to their parents.”  — Waters

It didn’t take long for the president to take offence, and in keeping with his usual M.O., he retaliated via Twitter, not only attacking Waters’ intelligence but threatening her as well.

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In a gross misinterpretation of her statement, the president accused Waters of inciting violence against his supporters, and seemingly implied that physical harm could likely come to Waters herself as a result of her comments.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has called on Waters to apologize for her remarks, and Arizona Republican Congressmember Andy Biggs has moved to formally censure Waters and has requested a floor vote.

“We don’t know what damage has been done to these children. All that we know is they’re in cages. They’re in prisons. They’re in jails. I don’t care what they call it, that’s where they are and 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

Iron Triangle Press will continue to follow this story.

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