Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) on Saturday called on her supporters at a rally to continue confronting members of the Trump administration out in public to protest the administration’s policies.
“I have no sympathy for these people that are in this administration who know it is wrong what they’re doing on so many fronts but they tend to not want to confront this president,” Waters said at a Los Angeles rally on Saturday as the Trump administration continues to face major backlash over the handling of its “zero tolerance” family separation policy.
“For these members of his cabinet who remain and try to defend him they’re not going to be able to go to a restaurant, they’re not going to be able to stop at a gas station, they’re not going to be able to shop at a department store, the people are going to turn on them, they’re going to protest, they’re going to absolutely harass them until they decide that they’re going to tell the president ‘no I can’t hang with you, this is wrong this is unconscionable and we can’t keep doing this to children,'” she continued.
Protesters confronted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C., last week, yelling “shame” at Nielsen and “End Texas concentration camps.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was recently told by one of the owners of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Va., to leave due to her role in the administration.
“I’m not a huge fan of confrontation,” co-owner Stephanie Wilkinson told The Washington Post. “I have a business, and I want the business to thrive. This feels like the moment in our democracy when people have to make uncomfortable actions and decisions to uphold their morals.”
Wilkinson cited Sanders’ support of Trump’s ban on transgender people from the military and separating families at the border.
“I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so,” Sanders said in response to the incident.
Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.) came to Sanders defense in an interview on Sunday, saying she should have been served at the restaurant.
“The restaurant owner should have served her,” Cummings said. “But this tone is horrible. But again, I think President Trump has created this.”