Rep. Maxine Waters unloaded on Republicans for their “absolutely ridiculous” claims that protests last week were a form of “mob rule.”
The California Democrat blasted the GOP and President Donald Trump for trying to “take protest away from us,” referring to Capitol Hill demonstrations during the confirmation process of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“Congresswoman, you’ve seen Mitch McConnell and Chuck Grassley and others in the wake of all these protesters in the Senate saying basically, this is mob rule, we’re being ‘literally assaulted’ in the words of Mitch McConnell,” MSNBC’s Chris Hayes said Tuesday in an interview with Waters.
“What do you think about that?” Hayes asked.
“Well, I think it’s absolutely ridiculous, and it is not believable,” Waters replied.
“As a matter of fact, this country was built on peaceful protest. And those of us who were part of the civil rights movement, who understood the power of protest taught by Dr. Martin Luther King and others know that we cannot allow Donald Trump and anybody else to take protest away from us and to deem it to be violent and to try and make us look like a mob,” she said.
“It is because of peaceful protests, not only in the civil rights movement, but the labor movement was able to get better wages, able to get better working conditions, able to get better pay, everything because they learned to march and protest. And they still do it today,” she continued. “We know that protest is guaranteed to a democratic society. We know that this is guaranteed to us by the Constitution. They’re trying to change the description of protest and call it a mob.”
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley condemned statements made by Waters and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker last week which he said encouraged liberal activists to aggressively confront Republicans, as occurred when Sen. Jeff Flake and Sen. Orrin Hatch were ambushed in elevators over the Kavanaugh vote.
“I think it’s a reflection of the incivility of American society generally,” Grassley said on “Fox & Friends” last week, “and I think it’s also evidence that people will go to any length when they are encouraged by people on Capitol Hill, like one Congresswoman saying, ‘Confront them in the restrooms. Go up’ … and another senator saying, ‘Get in their face.’”
Protesters filled Senate office buildings last week ahead of the vote to confirm Kavanaugh.
Waters doubled down on her claim that Republicans are “trying to change the description of protest and call it a mob.”
“Well, this president is the poster boy for what a mob protester looks like. He is — matter of fact he’s the one who has been violent in his speech,” she added, continuing her rant as she spoke about women protesting, the #MeToo movement and circled back to the FBI investigation of allegations against Kavanaugh.
“And so we’re not going to allow them to take this false message that they’re trying to carry, the American people, trying to make them believe that we’re an angry mob. We’re not going to let them get away with that,” Waters finally concluded. “This president will try anything. And he will change the conversation if we allow him. But now we know we can push back on it.”