'There's No Place For It': Scalise Says More Dems Should Condemn 'Vitriol' From Waters
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said more Democrats should condemn the "vitriol" that's coming from some on the left, because that has no place in our political system.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) recently caused a controversy when she called for her supporters to "absolutely harass" Trump administration officials in public.
Waters (D-Calif.) made the remarks Saturday on MSNBC and said that Trump officials shouldn't "be able to go to a restaurant" without facing a confrontation.
There have also been several recent instances where Trump officials or supporters have been publicly shamed, including Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
“There’s no place for any kind of calls of violence or harassment of anybody based on your political viewpoints of all things. This is America," Scalise said on "Fox & Friends."
He said it's a good thing that Americans have differing political viewpoints, but those differences must be expressed civilly.
"That’s the greatest thing of America, that when we have our differences, you can actually go and vote people in and out of office based on their political views, and you can express them freely. But you don’t have the right to go try to harass or incite violence against people," Scalise said.
Scalise, who was gravely wounded when a gunman opened fire on a congressional baseball practice a year ago, revealed that as he recovered some people took to social media to express their sorrow that he had survived the attack.
"I’ve seen that kind of vitriol on the left. There's no place for it. Frankly, you should see more Democratic leaders calling those kind of statements out. They shouldn’t be sitting on the sidelines letting those kind of statements by their own supporters be made," Scalise said.
"There’s no place for that on either side of the political aisle."