It wasn’t all that long ago that Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) was urging throngs of people to go out and find members of the Trump administration and get in their faces.
It wasn’t all that long ago that she publicly and proudly urged the harassment of Trump associates — or at least some form of it.
It wasn’t all that long ago that she was … well, her words speak for themselves.
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“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up,” Waters told a crowd back in June. “And if you see anybody from that [Trump] 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,” said Waters in part at the Wilshire Federal Building, according to a video of the event.
The context was the Trump administration’s since-rescinded zero-tolerance policy, which led to the separation of some families at the border when immigrants tried to get into this country — some clearly illegally, some with young children who may or may not have been their actual blood relatives.
The anti-Trump Democrat made those comments at a Los Angeles rally — and later repeated those remarks in other venues.
Since that time, a number of people in the Trump administration, Trump family members, congressional representatives, and others have indeed suffered harassment, heckling and other over-the-top instances of public interruption and behavior from disgruntled left-wing protesters and others while those Trump associates have been going about their business in public with friends or family members. And just a couple of weeks ago, former Attorney General Eric Holder told a gathering at an event for Georgia’s Democratic candidate for governor that the party must fight.
“When they go low, we kick ’em,” he said, deliberately changing up Michelle Obama’s line of “When they go low, we go high”.
Today, though — Wednesday, October 24 — it’s a different day, and Waters is singing a different tune.
Authorities intercepted several packages containing “suspicious devices” that were sent by someone or some entity to former President Bill Clinton and former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, to former President Barack Obama, to Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.), to the New York bureau of CNN, and to other Democratic lawmakers and individuals.
Police also discovered a package addressed to Waters herself. It was found at a congressional mail sorting facility in Maryland, according to one report.
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Then, late in the afternoon, a second suspicious package was discovered, also addressed to her. Authorities were in the process of evacuating a postal facility in South Los Angeles after workers found a package addressed to Waters, law enforcement sources said, as the Los Angeles Times reported.
President Donald Trump pledged on Wednesday “the full weight of our government” to find and prosecute whoever sent explosive devices in the mail to multiple prominent Democratic leaders.
“As we speak, the packages are being inspected by top explosives experts, and a major federal investigation is now underway,” Trump said at a news conference. “The full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation and bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice. We will spare no resources or expense in this effort.”
So, on Wednesday, Waters said in a statement, “I have been informed by U.S. Capitol Police that my Washington, D.C., office was the target of a suspicious package that has been referred to the FBI.”
She added, “I am appreciative of the law enforcement entities who intercepted the package and are investigating this matter. I unequivocally condemn any and all acts of violence and terror.”
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) October 24, 2018
Wow, Miss Maxine. That’s quite a different tune.
Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, for her part, declared today’s times are “troubling.”
She also said Americans should do “everything” possible to bring this country “together” — and naturally, this being an election year, she talked about the need to elect different types of lawmakers in this country. (The message is understood.)
Today, there has been nonstop media coverage of the “suspicious packages” sent to various Democratic leaders’ offices and homes.
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Today, there’s been virtually blanket condemnation of the potential acts of violence aimed at prominent elected or previously elected officials.
Today, there’s been a dogged determination to find those responsible for these packages and hold them accountable.
No one wants harm done to any person, period. All acts of violence or even potential violence are abhorrent and wrong, and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.
And today, there have already been attempts by some to link President Trump to the environment — political and otherwise — in which suspicious and potentially dangerous packages are sent to Democratic leaders and others.
No one wants violence. No one wants harm done to any person, period. All acts of violence or even potential violence are abhorrent and wrong, and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.
Let’s properly hunt down criminals and hold them accountable. Let’s do what we must to keep the country safe. And let’s hope all public and elected officials are careful with their discourse, too.
This article has been updated with the latest information.
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