A group of black Christian conservative leaders are calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to censure Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters of California for comments she made last month urging supporters to directly harass administration officials at “anytime” and “anywhere” they see them.
African-American conservative activists and religious leaders gathered on Capitol Hill Thursday to pressure Ryan to formally condemn Waters on the House floor and proclaimed that Waters doesn’t speak to the “faith of all black America.”
In question are Waters’ comments at a California rally in late June in which she called for critics of the administration to confront Donald Trump administration officials when they see them at a restaurant, a gas station, a department store or wherever else they might be found in public.
Waters’ remarks came as there was much media coverage over Trump administration officials — White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen — being kicked out of restaurants because they work for the Trump administration.
“Her call to extremism based on where another American citizen works and who they associate with must be sternly addressed by Speaker Paul Ryan,” Star Parker, president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, said at a press conference. “An apology is not enough, nor did she offer one when asked by House Speaker. As we move into two months of intense debate over SCOTUS nomination, the censuring of Maxine Waters becomes of extreme urgency.”
Bishop Aubrey Shines of the nondenominational Glory to Glory Ministries in Tampa, Florida, asserted that lawmakers like Waters who say these types of things are also putting law-abiding supporters of the president — such as themselves — in harm’s way.
“[Waters is] asking those who follow her and those that are part of her party to make sure that individuals like myself are accosted — not just the cabinet — wherever we are,” he said. “She said, and I quote, ‘anywhere, anytime.’ That means in supermarkets or in restaurants. Wherever those of us who have supported this current president find ourselves, she is asking those that follow her to make sure that we are harassed in some sort of form.”
Diante Johnson, president and founder of the Black Conservative Federation, said that he has heard of instances in which black interns on Capitol Hill have been denied Uber rides because they were wearing pro-Trump “Make America Great Again” hats.
“This is the effect of Maxine Waters,” argued Johnson. “This is the effect of the Congressional Black Caucus members who haven’t called her out. This is the effect of Paul Ryan who hasn’t processed the censure. This is the effect of the Democratic Party as a whole who hasn’t said, ‘Maxine Waters, you can’t say that, you shouldn’t say that.'”
While the Democratic Party as a whole has not spoken out about Waters’ remark, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did call the remark “unacceptable.”
According to Shines, Waters’ comment is the type of thing that blacks and whites across the country fought together to ensure that “we would never ever see again.”
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Source: Christian Post