I am not going to lie, I did not think that Rep. Waters did herself or the Democrats any favors by suggesting that people SHOULD harass and heckle folks connected to the Trump Administration.
If it happens organically that is one thing, but if it gets even the marginal backing of the Democratic party that could be a real problem.
And indeed that has proven true, as Trump illustrated with his tweet today.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an extraordinarily low IQ person, has become, together with Nancy Pelosi, the Face of the Democrat Party. She has just called for harm to supporters, of which there are many, of the Make America Great Again movement. Be careful what you wish for Max!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2018
Now first off Trump characterizing what Maxine Waters said as calling for harm to his supporters is a fucking lie.
But the end of his tweet which suggests that she might be the victim of harm by those self-same supporters is fucking terrifying.
This is the president of the United States fomenting actual violence against a sitting member of Congress.
And where Trump goes, the Trump media is sure to follow.
Courtesy of GQ:
Waters has been a target of the president’s not-even-trying-to-hide-it racism before, and her call for protests of the Trump administration is the type of Fox News headline that writes itself. This “push back” language was subjected to all sorts of dishonest torture until it emerged on the other side as an endorsement of literal violence in the streets: She had encouraged people to “attack” and “fight” and “ambush” West Wing employees, and incited “mob violence,” and advocated for “total social warfare.”
And this sort of illustrates why it is so important to pick your words carefully, though to be honest no matter how you phrase something the Right Wing is only going to hear what they want to hear.
I only hope that Rep. Waters has some good security around her because I really do think that Donald Trump just put her life in very real danger.