Maxine “Impeach 45” Waters is known for her support of protest and her recent encouragement of harassing Republicans. But today she put out a slightly different statement, she called for peaceful protest. Could it be that Maxine had a change of heart? Or is it that Protesters were outside of her office? The usually inflammatory politician released a statement on Twitter.
“I must once again reiterate that non-violent and peaceful protest is a right we are all entitled to under the constitution. This is even true for a group as repugnant as The Oathkeepers, an anti-government militia, known for its intimidation tactics and protesting in military-style clothing while carrying assault weapons. Although I was very concerned about their planned protest at my office because of the group’s reputation for being armed, I honor their right to do so anyway. This is precisely why I implored the community through a widely distributed written statement to not engage The Oathkeepers and to refrain from staging a counterprotest in response to their militant tactics and racist rhetoric.
Many people from within the community heeded my advice and steered clear of the event, but there were groups of individuals who felt compelled to participate and show their support for me despite my request. While most of these counter-protests remained peaceful, I have learned that there were others in attendance who were not necessarily from the 43″ district, but who nevertheless participated as counter-protesters not so much in support of me, but to seek press attention in furtherance or their own agendas. Unfortunately, this group’s actions with respect to the American flag, and their passing physical contact with other protesters has created fodder for the partisan media outlets to exploit and overshadowed the majority of counter-protesters who engaged in peaceful demonstrations.
While I do not agree with the torching the flag as a form of protest, I understand that the Constitution guarantees everyone the right to this form of free expression. However physical violence or even the perceived threat of violence is not an acceptable way to protest injustice today and can never be tolerated.
I am thankful those who did not take The Oathkeepers’ bait and further the group’s effort to inflame, divide and disrupt our community. I am also appreciative of those from within the community who remained peaceful.
I continue to support peaceful protest and disallow all forms of violence against others who might not share our community’s values. Furthermore, I do not take a backseat to anyone on patriotism and my respect for the constitution. As a member of Congress, I will always honor and respect the law and encourage everyone to do the same.”
That’s a lot to unpack but it sounds quite contrary to her previous “Republicans deserve to be harassed” even at their homes. A notion that even party leaders like Schumer and Pelosi were against. Maxine was encouraging all of the protests against the Trump administration and conveniently has decided peaceful protest is the way. But at least she is promoting free speech.