Trump administration officials have increasingly become subjects of public harassment after Maxine Waters called for Trump critics to “create a crowd” whenever they see a Trump official in public.
Over the past month Sarah Sanders, Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen have been harassed and verbally accosted while in public. (RELATED: Bartender Flips Off, Curses At Stephen Miller After Chasing Him Into The Street)
In a recent Washington Post regarding the topic of harassment Trump officials receive in public, Presidential Counsel Kellyanne Conway recalled how a man harassed her while she was shopping in a supermarket for her family. Kellyanne, a mother of four, was shopping when an angry man sneered, “You ought to be ashamed of yourself! Go look in the mirror!”
Without missing a beat, Kellyanne replied, “Mirrors are in aisle nine — I’ll go get one now.”
“What am I gonna do?” Kellyanne tells the Post, “Fall apart in the canned vegetable aisle?”
Other GOP political leaders have been targeted for harassment in recent days. Mitch McConnell and his wife have both been verbally accosted and threatened. There have been arrests of men who threatened to kill or harm GOP Senator Rand Paul and Congressman Lee Zeldin along with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
Democrat Maxine Waters called for open harassment of GOP and Trump officials in June. Waters said “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.”