Prosecute those who incite mob violence — even Maxine!

By Erik Rush

It’s one thing – albeit a decidedly detestable one – when we have elected officials and deep state operatives subverting the law of the land in order to facilitate the ongoing influx of illegal immigrants into the United States. It’s entirely another when their actions in the pursuit of this agenda descend to the level of criminality.

If I were to publicly incite mob violence against someone I disliked in the city in which I live, I am quite certain that I would be swiftly prosecuted. I’m pretty sure that the same would apply to nearly all readers of this column.

Yet this is precisely what California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters has done in recent days. This past weekend on MSNBC, Waters called for groups to harass and protest members of the administration of President Donald Trump at public venues.

Waters did this with great relish, claiming that members of Trump’s Cabinet “won’t be able to go to a restaurant, they won’t be able to stop at a gas station, they’re not going to be able to shop at a department store.” Waters actually employed the word “harassment,” and later doubled-down on her endorsement of this behavior after being criticized.

In context, Waters was referring to an incident in which White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was forced to leave a restaurant in Virginia last week. The owner of the restaurant, who reportedly chased Sanders and her family into the parking lot as she berated Sanders, is a Trump detractor.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was accosted by hecklers as she attended a movie over the same weekend, and on June 19, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was waylaid by an angry mob and forced to flee a Mexican restaurant in Washington.

The ostensible rationale for Waters’ proposal, as well as a great deal of liberal outrage over the last few weeks, has to do with the practice of immigration officials separating the children of illegal immigrants from their parents when they are interdicted at our southern border. The outrage is all ginned-up of course; the procedure has been in place for some time, and was even implemented during the Obama administration’s orchestrated “undocumented minor” tsunami of 2014.

This week, the group Judicial Watch delivered a letter to the House Office of Congressional Ethics calling for an investigation into whether Waters violated House ethics rules by encouraging violence against Trump administration Cabinet members. Personally, I don’t think this goes nearly far enough. Harassment is a criminal offense, as are stalking and inciting mob violence. As such, Maxine Waters ought to be criminally prosecuted, as you or I would be if we engaged in such behavior.

It may not be entirely germane to the discussion, but I truly believe that Maxine Waters is so mindblowingly stupid that she wasn’t even aware her proposal carried the possibility of criminal prosecution (as opposed to being aware of it and reasoning that her august status would shield her from reprisal).

While President Trump did recently sign an executive order temporarily suspending the family separation protocol, his overall strategy has been to force the hand of Congress in providing a more permanent remedy to the problem of illegal immigration. His grounds for doing so are rooted in prudence, security and fairness; Trump has argued that America’s immigration policy is “laughed at all over the world, [and] is very unfair to all of those people who have gone through the system legally.”

Since Donald Trump’s election, the shrill deportment of the left under normal circumstances has developed into apoplectic histrionics on a daily basis. Their fear and desperation concerning the threat to the pre-eminence of the Washington establishment is bleeding over into practically everything they touch. The bias of the press has been evident for a long while, but even the formulaic propaganda proffered by the entertainment media has become unabashed as well as tedious. Apparently, nearly everything produced by a major movie or television studio must now contain references to the president being either intellectually enfeebled, a misogynist, a sexual deviant, or a racist, in addition to the current formula that mandates the inclusion of gratuitous homoerotica, feminist overtones, the “reality” of global warming and other far-left doctrine.

When a really juicy matter such as illegal immigration comes to the fore, with all of the potential for capitalizing on racialism and victimhood, the left descends into abject rhetorical incontinence. It is this reckless abandon that has given rise to calls for the harassment of administration officials.

President Trump can order security measures to protect his Cabinet members in extreme situations, but this is hardly the point. It is the perception on the part of leftists (whether Maxine Waters or some unwashed blogger living in his mother’s basement) that they can act in this manner with impunity, which is unacceptable as well as manifestly dangerous. My family and I were once put in a potentially life-threatening situation due to the actions of one of these individuals, and the authorities were never able to determine their identity.

“This is not about Waters’ freedom of speech. It is not even an example of yelling ‘fire’ in a theater. It is about inciting mob violence. The House needs to act quickly to hold her accountable for this dangerous incitement.”

– Judicial Watch statement

It is the lack of consequence in cases such as this (and concerning elected officials, many other cases) that perpetuates this sort of criminality, and it will not stop until legal action ensues.

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