Maxine Waters and Incitation of Violence

Maxine Waters was born in 1938 in Saint Louis, Missouri.  She earned a bachelors degree in sociology from California State University.  She kickstarted her career by running and being elected into the California State Assembly. There she worked on civil rights and women’s rights. Maxine is currently a U.S congresswomen in California and has been one since 1991.  She is also aligned politically with the Democratic Party.

Maxine Waters commented on separating children from their families at the American-Mexican border during a June 20, 2018 press release. On June 23, 2018 she publicly reaffirmed her stance on separating children from their families at the American-Mexican border during a Keep Families Together Rally speech.  She commented on the border events saying, “How dare you separate children from their parents. How dare you pull children out of the arms of their mothers. How dare you lie and say you couldn’t do anything about it.”  She continued to speak about the subject blaming it on Trump and saying, “Mr. President, you need to be impeached.”  This shows her clear opposition to the Trump administration.  

She continued her speech and criticized Trump’s associations with Kim Jung Un saying that they, being the democrats, are through with him.  North Korea has constantly threatened the United States and other countries directly through speech and indirectly through missile testings.  Trump’s summits with Kim Jung Un were simply peace negotiations between the two countries to maintain a mutual state in which both countries are protected.

In addition, Maxine also called for all democrats to stand up to Trump’s supporters, Trump himself, his cabinet, and members of congress who support him.  She said, “History will recall that while he tried to step on all of us, we kicked him in his rear and we stepped on him.”  This quote implies the use of force, whether vocal or physical, to remove Trump and other republicans from office.  This use of force was confirmed when she 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.”  In essence, she called for all democrats to create a crowd when they see members of Trump’s cabinet in any public place and to show them they are not welcome.  This was her proposition to resolving the separation of families at the American-Mexican border when there are clearly more diplomatic and reasonable ways to solving issues such as this one. 

Following her speech there have been several instances of violence that trace their roots back to her speech.  For example, Rudy Peters, who was a republican candidate for congress in California, was attacked by a man armed with a knife who was angry at the president and his politics.

In conclusion, Maxine Waters uses speeches that call for violence as a way of removing republicans, such as the Trump administration, out of power when more diplomatic solutions are available.  This leads to the questioning of whether she is a proper fit for a position of power.

Sources:

https://www.infoplease.com/people/maxine-waters

https://waters.house.gov/about-maxine/biography

https://waters.house.gov/about-maxine/biography

https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2018/jun/26/have-us-rep-maxine-waters-and-president-donald-tru/

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/06/25/maxine_waters_god_is_on_our_side.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/09/12/man-attacks-california-republican-house-candidate/1273800002/

https://waters.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/waters-condemns-donald-trump-s-policy-separating-children-their-parents