After Representative Maxine Waters shot her mouth off and threw out some hate-filled red meat to a crowd of raucous leftists a few days ago – meat that included a call to find Trump administration officials in their private lives and harass them – many on the right demanded the loyal opposition renounce the dangerous remarks.
I’ve watched Maxine’s largely incoherent diatribe a couple times now and if anyone is willing to be charitable, it seems quite apparent that she is caught up in the heat of the moment and got carried away. It’s easy to make Maxine into something that she’s not for the sake of scoring political points against the left, but let’s be fair: she’s not ever been the most intellectual of the Democrats, nor the most articulate.
And frankly, when you put someone who isn’t extremely bright behind a microphone, have her speak off the cuff before an angry crowd ready to throw Trump to a group of cloned raptors, something like this is bound to happen. That doesn’t mean it isn’t serious or that it isn’t something that needs to be addressed by the saner and more psychologically balanced in D.C. And that’s what the right demanded.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer did so, speaking out from the Senate floor:
"No one should call for the harassment of political opponents," he added. "That's not right. That's not American."
His counterpart in the House, Democrat minority leader Nancy Pelosi quote tweeted the story about Waters before adding,
"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."
Now, do I think that left-wing harassment of Trump administration officials is likely to cease because of these statements? Of course not. If Trump supporters are harassedregularly, why would actual Trump administration officials be any different?
Still, it is a very important thing that political leaders do their part to set an example for not allowing passionate debate, protest, and even lawsuits devolve into pitchforks, torches, and violence.
Predictably, there was only one high profile public official who didn’t seem to recognize the need to tamp down the divisiveness: President Trump.
“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!”
Only a fool would have been surprised by this kind of response. President Trump is going to take every opportunity the left gives him to exploit their shrillest voices, their most unhinged statements, and attempt to paint their entire movement with a broad brush of contempt. And that’s exactly why he’s in office. It’s exactly what he was elected to do by a group of people who were fed up with having it done to them for 8 years.
I’ve made this case before: Trump is the anti-Obama. He is the pendulum swinging back from the divisive heights that our previous president took it. No one can fairly say that Obama was as blunt as Trump. His personality, and an obedient media, allowed him to conduct his campaign of division more dialectically. Trump, meanwhile, is far more petulant and uses the hostile media as a springboard.
But while their styles are unquestionably different, they both go low against their political opposition to solidify their base. The strategy, as bad as it was for our country, gained Mr. Obama a second term. Some folks think it’s well on the way to doing the same for Mr. Trump.
Obviously the left will object to this comparison, but it’s important to remind them that Mr. “Be careful what you wish for Max” Trump is the logical successor to Mr. “Get in your neighbors’ faces, and if they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun” Obama.
The left has made their bed and now they are laying in it. Personally, as someone who hasn’t been fond of laying in it from either direction, I still am inclined to say it would be nice if we as the electorate, would start expecting and start doing better.