Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) is one of the people who has been all but endorsing distasteful, vengeful, and even harmful actions against political opponents. She has all but called for those opposed to President Donald Trump to do despicable things, and now as ABC News reports, her office received a so-called anthrax package.
A hazmat crew in Los Angeles investigated the incident. The “suspicious package” apparently said, “anthrax,” a likely sign that it was not (since announcing it would be foolish after doing all of the dangerous work to get it that far). Investigators have since said that no hazardous materials were found. Some have suggested that this was a stunt, possibly pulled by the rioting thieves who ‘defended’ her office from protests last week.
Such actions were vile when liberals did them and they are just as detestable when others engage in similar stunts.
No one had to go to the hospital since it seems to have been a hoax, but such scares are not helpful to anyone’s cause.
While no one deserves to have questionable things delivered to them, it was the 79-year-old herself who has “called on her supporters to publicly confront and harass members of the Trump administration in response to” his stance on the border. At the time, many pundits warned that this was a slippery slope and they were right, a fact that Waters may be seeing today.
The White House said that the apparently always unhappy Democrat “called for harm” against Trump supporters at one point. To that, Waters said, “I believe in peaceful, very peaceful protests. I have not called for the harm of anybody. This president has lied, again, when he’s saying that I’ve called for harm.”
If she can not see how “confront and harass” can be read as “attack and harm,” then she has no business driving a golf cart much less being in Congress. Things escalate quickly, bodyguards react, and people can be needlessly hurt by following the suggestions of Waters in the way that she worded it.
However, when people protest her, as was done outside of her office, she said that “armed protests” were to blame. She even called Oath Keepers a group not to be baited into arguing with because they are “an anti-government militia.” As the Correct Views and others have observed, the group merely wants to make those who took an oath to serve and to protect accountable to that pledge.
Waters, on the other hand, said that the group is made up of those who engage in “violent and provocative behavior.” While some members of the group may have, at some point, acted out, to paint the whole group in such a broad brush seems a bit extreme… in fact, it’s bigoted.
This is even truer when it is recalled how supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VA) were often a violent mob at many Trump rallies.
Does that make all Sanders supporters violent thugs, or does it this theory of her only apply to non-liberals?
The Los Angeles Police Department was at the office of Waters “to ensure safety and security,” according to her staff. She also said, “My primary concern is to maintain the safety and security of the protesters, staff, and constituents of California’s 43rd Congressional District — a task that would be exceedingly complicated by large crowds of protesters and counter-protesters.”
This whole mess, while thankfully benign, is a lesson for everyone engaged in the process. Everyone is free to drum up support for whatever cause they wish, they are free to march, protest, yell, scream, and hold leaders accountable. They are not free, however, to threaten anthrax attacks or otherwise bring harm and unrest to anyone else.
Hopefully, Waters (and even those opposed to her) once again understand this before something dreadful happens to somebody.
1of2 #HazardousMaterials; INC#0993; 2:55PM; 10124 S Broadway St; https://t.co/wsNXSXdNh5; Broadway-Manchester; LAPD on scene and requested a hazardous materials response by LAFD for suspicious package (reportedly labeled "anthrax"). There are no reports of any patients requiring
— LAFD (@LAFD) July 24, 2018