Omar Navarro, a Republican running to replace Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) in the 2018 midterm elections, on Sunday publicly called for the congresswoman’s arrest following her threat to “take Trump out tonight.” Waters issued the threat on October 13, but it was under-reported at the time.
“I’m calling for the arrest of Maxine Waters. Let’s get ready for it,” Navarro tweeted Sunday night.
I’m calling for the arrest of Maxine Waters. Let’s get ready for it. #VoteNavarro2018🇺🇸
— Omar Navarro (@RealOmarNavarro) October 23, 2017
What did Waters say to inspire Navarro to call for her arrest? “With this kind of inspiration, I will go and take Trump out tonight,” the congresswoman declared at the Ali Forney Center gala in New York City on October 13.
The American Mirror reported that YouTube removed the original clip of Waters’ speech, but other versions are still available on the Internet.
Navarro shared the American Mirror story, tweeting, “Secret Service should call for Maxine Waters immediate resignation after these comments. We don’t need lip service.”
Secret Service should call for Maxine Waters immediate resignation after these comments. We don’t need lip service. https://t.co/D80jhU2rg1
— Omar Navarro (@RealOmarNavarro) October 22, 2017
Navarro previously ran against Waters in 2016. Last year, Waters took 76 percent of the vote to Navarro’s 24 percent. California’s extremely liberal 43rd district hasn’t been represented by a Republican since 2003, so it might take a major shift like Waters’ arrest to flip the seat.
Waters has been one of the most vocal advocates for impeaching President Donald Trump. In one infamous case, she actually declared “there is no law” on impeachment, suggesting that Congress could impeach Trump for any reason it wanted to. This is a horrible twisting of the Constitution, which allows for impeachment in cases of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Even in polls where many Americans support Trump’s impeachment, most admit he is not guilty of such crimes. That hasn’t stopped Waters from repeating her demands, of course.
Despite Navarro’s clear political motivation for calling for Waters’ arrest, these comments do cry out for a response. Should she be arrested?