Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombus of Radio America celebrate the Supreme Court upholding the Constitution in two separate cases. They agree with the court’s conclusion that President Trump’s travel ban is within his constitutional and statutory right. They are also glad to see the Court side with free speech in striking down a California law that required crisis pregnancy centers to advertise abortion services. They are also pleasantly surprised that Democratic leaders are condemning Maxine Waters’ calls for the harassment of Trump administration officials.
Republicans and even top Democrats are condemning Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., for urging Trump administration critics to gather crowds to confront cabinet officials in public places, a call that a prominent political and media commentator sees as on the brink of “incitement.”
As the intense debate over family separation at the U.S.-Mexico border unfolded, protesters chased Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Trump adviser Stephen Miller from separate restaurants. More recently, owners of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave their establishment.
On Saturday, Rep. Waters urged supporters to crank up the pressure.
“If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, at a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them,” Waters said through a bullhorn. “You tell them, they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
American Women’s Alliance President Gayle Trotter, who is also a regular panelist on the Fox News Channel’s “Media Buzz” program, says comments like those raise political tensions to a dangerous level.
“It’s terrifying and shocking that a sitting congress member would rile the crowd up like that. One of our most esteemed constitutional rights is the first amendment that protects political speech. But this speech by Maxine Waters almost goes to incitement,” said Trotter.
On Monday, the top two Democrats in Congress denounced the call to confrontation.
“No one should call for the harassment of political opponents, that’s not right, that’s not American,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who also noted that he “understands” the inclination of Democrats to respond in kind to President Trump’s “bullying harassment and nastiness.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., struck a similar tone in a tweet.
“In the crucial months ahead, we must strive to make America beautiful again. Trump’s daily lack of civility has provoked responses that are predictable but unacceptable. As we go forward, we must conduct elections in a way that achieves unity from sea to shining sea,” tweeted Pelosi.
Trotter is not impressed.
“Pelosi’s comment is equivalent to saying, ‘Her skirt was too short.’ It’s trying to pin the blame on the victim, instead of really calling out a member of her caucus and saying this is completely unacceptable.” said Trotter, who wonders why Pelosi won’t call on Waters to resign .
But are these confrontations a result of high passions over immigration policy or the inevitable progression of a toxic political culture?
“This seems to be a progression that is getting more dangerous all the time,” said Trotter.
And while Waters’ comments are getting quite a bit of media attention, Trotter says if the political tables were turned, liberals and the media would be howling in protest.
She points to the New York Times and others blaming Sarah Palin, without basis, for the 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords while seeing no larger issues in the Waters comments even as another Homeland Security official found a decapitated and burned animal on his front porch.
“In past circumstances, the press has made up these types of examples. Yet here, if you go to the editorial page of the New York Times, there were no [columns] there talking about the danger of this effort to target anybody in the Trump administration,” said Trotter.
Trotter sees a troubling transition as incendiary words turn into actions against Trump administration personnel. She also thinks a lot of these protesters are looking for their fifteen minutes of fame, pointing out the restaurant owners who kicked out Sanders and her family had to know their actions would make news.
“It seems like it’s not only disagreements about politics, but it’s also to the point where people are doing things just to get 24/7 media attention. This is failing to underscore that the left is failing to practice what they preach. They talk about tolerance and yet we don’t see people condemning violence in the face of political disagreement,” said Trotter.
She says there’s nothing wrong with intense political disagreement, but it needs to stay within the confines that our founders intended.
“Robust political debate is what made this country great. Instead, what wee have now are people on the left who are promoting this mob mentality. It’s a disturbing pattern of intolerance,” said Trotter.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleasantly surprised to see a new CBS poll showing that a strong plurality of Americans believe families should stay together but be sent back to their home countries when they come to the U.S. illegally. They also slam Rep. Maxine Waters for suggesting protesters should loudly confront every Trump administration cabinet member whether in restaurants or at the gas station. And they categorically reject columnist George Will’s call for conservatives to vote Democrats into the majorities of the House and Senate as punishment for Republicans who refuse to stand up to President Trump.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America shake their heads as the Republican National Committee furiously tries to line up a few Democrats to push Mike Pompeo over the finish line as the next Secretary of State. They also hang their heads as large percentages of Americans demonstrate very poor knowledge about the Holocaust, including 41 percent of Americans and 66 percent of millennials who have no idea what Auschwitz was. And they throw up their hands, as the Republican National Committee tries to discredit the upcoming media blitz from former FBI Director James Comey by favorable quoting Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Maxine Waters.