Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) is always saying outlandish things. Maybe she’s unaware that she lives in a proverbial glass house this time.
Waters wants former President Donald Trump “charged with premeditated murder” for his supposed role in the attack on the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6 that left five dead, the Daily Wire reported. Many have blamed Trump’s rhetoric for inspiring his supporters in the uprising, but Waters in particular has no room to talk.
“He absolutely should be charged with premeditated murder because of the lives that were lost for this invasion with his insurrection,” she said Tuesday on MSNBC’s The ReidOut. “For the president of the United States to sit and watch the invasion and the insurrection and not say a word because he knew he had absolutely initiated it – and as some of them said, ‘He invited us to come. We’re here at the invitation of the president of the United States.’”
During a joint session of Congress last month, a group of Trump supporters had gathered in Washington, D.C. to protest what they believed was an unfair election. After listening to speeches, including one by Trump, a group of his supporters stormed the Capitol building. Although Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani called for “trial by combat,” Trump never incited the mob to violence in any clear way.
Still, politicians like Waters are using the actions of a few to bring down the former president they’ve mercilessly pursued for more than four years. “When he rallied, he said ‘Go to the Capitol, fight hard. This is, take back your country.’ So if that’s not inciting the kind of violence that we witnessed, I don’t know what is,” Waters said.
If Waters is so convinced that using words like “fight” and “take back our country” are enough to incite violence, then maybe she needs to reexamine some of her own past rhetoric. In 2018, Waters urged her supporters to confront members of the Trump administration over the immigration policy that separated children from parents at the southern border.
“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up,” she said. “And if you see anybody from that 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,” Waters continued. “And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
Had someone listened to Waters’ directive and committed violence, it’s difficult to believe she would have taken responsibility. What happened at the Capitol on Jan. 6 was horrific and shameful, but it wasn’t Trump’s fault any more than it would have been hers. It’s time to stop the blame game and start moving forward.