WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called on Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) to apologize for having suggested that members of the Trump administration should be harassed in public venues.
“There’s no place for this. She [Waters] obviously should apologize,” Ryan said at a news conference on Tuesday.
Ryan added: “When we in this democracy are suggesting that because we disagree with people on political views, on policy views, on philosophical views — that we should resort to violence and harassment and intimidation — that’s dangerous for our society, it’s dangerous for our democracy.”
At a Los Angeles rally on Saturday, Waters spoke out against the Trump administration’s policy of separating undocumented families who have just crossed the Southern border.
“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,” she told the crowd.
Waters has refuted claims that her statement encouraged violence.
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) proposed a resolution to censure and condemn Waters on Monday.
“Individuals have the right to debate their differences civilly, without fear of retribution. Unfortunately, Maxine Waters’ comments condone public violence and encourage actions that jeopardize the safety and security of government officials and the American people,” Biggs said in a statement after introducing the resolution.
President Donald Trump hammered Waters in a series of tweets.
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
The face of the Democrats is now Maxine Waters who, together with Nancy Pelosi, have established a fine leadership team. They should always stay together and lead the Democrats, who want Open Borders and Unlimited Crime, well into the future….and pick Crooked Hillary for Pres.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2018
Three Trump administration officials in seven days were harassed at restaurants after being confronted about the family separation policy.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was told by the owner of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Va., on Saturday that she was not welcome to dine there because she serves in the Trump administration.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen prematurely left a D.C. Mexican restaurant last Tuesday after protesters from the Democratic Socialists of America shouted at her and her staff during dinner.
Two days earlier, senior presidential adviser Stephen Miller — who is believed to be the architect of many of the administration’s immigration enforcement policies — was called a “fascist” by diners at another D.C. Mexican restaurant, according to the New York Post.
Trump signed an executive order last week that ends family separation but the order does not apply to the estimated 2,300 children being at DHS facilities.