'She Was Inciting People': DeSantis Says Waters Is the 'Pied Piper for the Unhinged Left'
Rep. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that Rep. Maxine Waters' call for people to harass Trump staffers as a way of retaliation against the president's administration "crossed a clear line."
DeSantis (R-Fla.) said Waters' remarks were inciting people to violence, and he added that he and his colleagues are working to censure her in the House and ask for her resignation.
Waters (D-Calif.) made the remarks Saturday on MSNBC, expressing the hope that Trump officials won't "be able to go to a restaurant" or "stop at a gas station," and that people are going to "turn on them."
"I think the hard left in this country is just totally off the rails," DeSantis said on "America's Newsroom." "Maxine Waters is really the pied piper for the unhinged left."
While Waters has denied calling for violence but rather resistance, DeSantis said that it was "irresponsible" of her to make the remarks that she did.
"Its just gotten off the rails," he said, adding it has only been one year since a gunman targeted Republicans on a Virginia baseball field, seriously wounding Rep. Steve Scalise.
DeSantis said protests are fine, but pushing people to harass Trump staffers could lead to violence.
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) introduced the measure toward Waters, asking her to apologize for “endangering their lives and sowing seeds of discord,” resign and publicly state that harassment is not a way to protest.
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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was forced out of a Mexican restaurant in Washington last week, and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was also booted from a Virginia restaurant.
Sanders said the reason was because she works for President Trump.
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