WASHINGTON — Two members of the Congressional Black Caucus dodged questions Monday about Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters calling for citizens to harass and protest Trump officials in public.
A third, Missouri Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, condemned her comments while also denouncing President Trump’s past insults.
During a rally in California over the weekend, Waters told the crowd, “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. You push back on them. Tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
The remarks came after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was kicked out of the Red Hen, a Lexington, Virginia, restaurant, by its owner and staff.
Missouri Democratic Rep. Lacy Clay told The Daily Caller that he did not believe that Waters called for the harassment of Trump officials.
“That sounds like fake news to me,” Clay said. “I’m not aware of it.”
Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis refused to comment at all as to whether Waters should be censured by the House of Representatives.
Cleaver told TheDC, “If it’s wrong, it’s wrong. I don’t make comments about anybody nasty, and I condemn any comments made by anybody.”
When pressed about aggressive left-wing activists toward conservatives before Trump’s election, he replied, “No matter who does it, it’s wrong. And that’s the sick thing that’s going on in this country. … It’s not happening because of Donald. Trump. It’s happening more because Donald Trump has taken it to a new level.”
Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings told “Face the Nation” Sunday that the restaurant “should have served” Sanders, while adding that “President Trump has created this.”
“Since he’s become president, even before, he’s basically given people license to state things that are ugly and those things then turn into actions,” Cummings said Sunday.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer distanced themselves from Waters’ tirade. Although Pelosi called for unity, she blamed President Trump for provoking the lack of incivility of those on the Left.
In the crucial months ahead, we must strive to make America beautiful again. Trump’s daily lack of civility has provoked responses that are predictable but unacceptable. As we go forward, we must conduct elections in a way that achieves unity from sea to shining sea. https://t.co/vlpqOBLK4R
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) June 25, 2018