House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wrote online Monday that elections must be conducted in a manner that "achieves unity" despite President Donald Trump’s "deficit of civility," in doing what turned out to be a mild rebuke of Rep. Maxine Waters’ call for Trump opponents to confront persons in the administration wherever they can be.
“In the important months ahead, we have to make an effort to make America beautiful again. Trump’s daily insufficient civility has provoked responses that will be predictable but unacceptable,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) wrote on Twitter. “As we move ahead, we need to conduct elections in a manner that achieves unity from sea to shining sea.”
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Attached to Pelosi’s post would be a link to a CNN article detailing Waters’ remarks, made over the past weekend in a very TV interview possibly at a rally in New york. Addressing the Trump administration policy that resulted in the separation of households who illegally enter the U.S., Waters said people who oppose the practice should give no quarter to the president’s Cabinet.
"Let’s make sure that we make an appearance wherever we should make an appearance. Of course, if you observe anybody from that Cabinet from a restaurant, in a shopping area, in the gasoline station, you obtain out and you also establish a crowd,” Waters (D-Calif.), who has been one of many earliest lawmakers to call for that president’s impeachment, said Saturday. “And you test their boundaries about them. And you just inform them they are not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
Waters’ remarks, together with a Virginia restaurant’s unwillingness over the weekend to serve White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, prompted criticism from Trump allies that opposition to your president had devolved from political discourse to personal attacks.
The California congresswoman’s remarks came days after protesters chanted “shame” and “end family separation” at Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as she ate dinner at the Mexican restaurant close to the White House a week ago. Daily earlier, Nielsen had publicly defended the administration’s family separation practice.
A spokesman for Nielsen later characterized the protesters as sharing “her anxiety about our current immigration laws that have launched a crisis on our southern border” and said the secretary “encourages all – including this group – who want to see an immigration system that work well – to get to off to folks Congress and seek their support to seal the terrible immigration loopholes which make our system a large number.”