Washington watchdog Judicial Watch sent a letter Tuesday to the House Office of Congressional Ethics asking for an investigation of the statements made over the weekend by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.
The question submitted by the hand-delivered letter is whether she violated House ethics rules “by encouraging violence against members of the Trump administration.”
Waters told supporters Saturday at an outdoor rally in Los Angeles: “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 that they are not welcome, anymore, anywhere.”
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.”
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.”
“Rep. Maxine Waters incited violence and assault against members of President Trump’s Cabinet. It is urgent that the House ethics quickly act to hold her accountable for this dangerous incitement,” said Judicial Watch Tom Fitton.
Judicial Watch cites the requirement, found in House Rule 23, clause 1, that a member “shall conduct himself at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditability on the House.”
Fitton wrote: “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 in violation of House rules.”
Veteran political adviser and longtime columnist Pat Buchanan warned of very real violence that can follow such inflammatory rhetoric.
He noted White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant last Friday. And 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.
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, Buchanan noted.
“House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was wounded, almost mortally. Had it not been for Scalise’s security detail, Hodgkinson might have carried out a mass atrocity,” he said.
“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,” he explained.
It has happened before, he pointed out.
“After Dr. King’s assassination, a hundred cities, including the capital, were looted and burned. Scores died. U.S. troops and the National Guard were called out to restore order. 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 said.
And Buchanan cited the left’s frequent comparisons of Trump to Nazi Germany.
Which, he said, “are 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?” he wrote.
He said that according to a twisted logic, the left is making 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.”
Others also may be taking an interest in Waters’ comments.
The American Mirror said cited a source saying the Secret Service is “looking into” Water’s remarks.
Citizen journalist Laura Loomer tweeted: “Although the Secret Service Officer couldn’t get into details of the investigation, he did tell me that the SS is looking into Maxine’s comments that incite violence against @realDonaldTrump & his staff.”
At Big League Politics, Loomer posted a video of her asking Waters about her remarks Saturday.
Waters repeatedly tells her to come to her office to talk. She finally charges into a “members-only” elevator that excludes the public.
“I confronted Rep. Maxine Waters of California regarding her call for Trump administration officials to be harassed in their everyday lives. Does Maxine Waters think this kind of targeted harassment is civil? Does Maxine Waters stand behind her comments, or was it just agitprop for her Resistance friends?” Loomer wrote.
See the encounter: