Maxine Waters Blames Trump for Bombs: 'He Really Does Do a Lot to Promote Violence'
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) published a video on Thursday placing the blame for the bomb threats to her office — and to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama — squarely on President Donald Trump's shoulders, despite his clear and repeated condemnation of the attacks. Waters avoided any mention of her own efforts to incite protest, or the similar statements from Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, and Cory Booker.
"I think the president of the United States should take responsibility over the kind of violence that we’re seeing for the first time in different ways," Waters declared in the video. "I think the president of the United States has been dog-whistling to his constituency, making them believe that their problems are caused by those people over there."
The congresswoman argued that the perpetrators "are acting out what they believe the president wants them to do and the way that he wants them to act."
Waters rightly criticized Trump's inciting speech during the 2016 presidential election. "If you pay attention or you paid attention to the president during his campaign, when he talked violence, he talked about beating up on people and taking them out on a stretcher and even said he would pay their lawyers’ fees to get them out. Just the other day he was laughing and basically appreciating the fact that a member of Congress has slammed a journalist, and he mimicked and mocked the slamming of that journalist," she said.
"He, in his own way, really does do a lot to promote violence," Waters argued.
Yet Trump is far from alone. Shane Mekeland, a Republican candidate for Minnesota's state House, blamed Democrats for inspiring the incivility that led a man to punch him out of nowhere, leaving him with a concussion and the inability to campaign outside without getting a headache.
"They're constantly driving this narrative of 'It's okay to be violent,'" Mekeland said. Waters herself has led the charge, calling for activists to harass members of the Trump administration in public places like gas stations and restaurants. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) encouraged activists to "get up in the face" of Republican candidates and office-holders. Hillary Clinton said Democrats "cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for." Eric Holder declared, "When they go low, we kick them."
"This stuff just fuels this," Mekeland told PJ Media, referring to the assault against him.
Waters not only denied her role in this, but accused Trump of "lying" when he denounced mobs of liberal protesters.
"Now they’re trying to turn it on us, just because the women are outside of the legislature when Kavanaugh was being considered for confirmation and they were opposing him," Waters said. "He turned it into their mob ... that ‘Democratic mob,’ but he is good at that. He is expert at lying and deceiving and, of course, encouraging people in his own way to be violent or to be racist or to be separatist."