President Donald Trump accused Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) of advocating “harm” against his supporters in an incendiary tweet earlier today.
“Be careful what you wish for Max!” the president said, while in the same breath blasting Waters, the most senior of the 12 black women currently serving in the United States Congress, as “an extraordinarily low IQ person.”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2018
But Waters did not call for physical harm. In fact, she called for civil disobedience.
“If you think we’re rallying now you ain’t seen nothing yet,” she told supporters at a rally in Los Angeles over the weekend. “If you see anybody from that [Trump] Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
The president’s tweet, on the other hand, is being interpreted by many as a threat against Waters.
Adam Serwer, the senior editor of The Atlantic tweeted:
And many agreed:
After Trump's borderline threat to hurt Maxine Waters we have to assume this is the next step for Trump will be violence against Americans
— pesach 'pace' lattin פֶּסַח (@pacelattin) June 25, 2018
Sounds like you threatened her; again showing your (low) class. .Low IQ? look in the mirror, Donnie. @RepMaxineWaters has more intelligence in her little finger than you have your entire brain. You are the most insecure man(?) on the planet. #NotMyPresident #delusional
— Toni Sheposh (@ToniSheep) June 25, 2018
And called Trump out for lying about what Waters said:
This is an outright lie! She did not ask for harm. She asked for people to call out Trump staffers as the liars and bigots they are.
There's harm and then there is truth. This is truth.
— Liam Bean (@LiamMcBaen) June 25, 2018
Equating @MaxineWaters' call for civil disobedience against public officials with @realDonaldTrump and @PressSec's attack on a small, private business shows that false balance in news reporting is as morally bankrupt as it is historically ignorant.
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) June 25, 2018
It is also important to note that Maxine Waters called for public shaming of TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS. She did not, in any way, shape, or form, call for public shaming of Trump supporters. The President of the United States is making a deliberate lie.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) June 25, 2018
Waters’ rather pointed remarks were a response to a couple of different news reports of Trump administration officials who had trouble dining out peacefully: