GOP lawmakers are moving to force Maxine Waters to retract her inflammatory comments about the Trump administration.
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) is spearheading the push to make sure that there are no more calls for aggression toward the current administration or its staff.
The offending comments by Waters were given at a rally, where she whipped up the crowd, telling them to push back against the Trump administration.
“If you think we’re rallying now you ain’t seen nothing yet,” Waters told supporters at a rally in Los Angeles over the weekend. “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.”
Biggs believes that the California Democrat’s comments do “not become somebody who’s in Congress.” Briggs is now pushing for retribution for Waters comments.
“So we just introduced it, we have some co-sponsors, but what she did was to basically incite people to come after and attack members of the president’s cabinet,” Biggs told The Hill. “And also spread that out to more people.”
The measure put forth by Biggs outlines a course of action for Waters that would include a formal apology to the administration officials “for endangering their lives and sowing seeds of discord” and a second statement that discourages violence and harassment as a form of protest.
In response to the backlash, Waters has encouraged peaceful protest but has also defended her comments.
“I have nothing to do with the way people decide to protest. Protest is the democratic way as long as it is peaceful,” Waters said. “I believe in peaceful protest. It is guaranteed to you in a democracy.”
Thus far, five members of Congress have signed on to the motion to censure Waters.
“Everybody agrees that it was just highly objectionable what she did,” Biggs said.