Democrats are in trouble.
Their liberal base is pushing the party to adopt an increasingly hostile and confrontational posture toward the Trump administration.
But one Democrat crossed the line and it’s very bad news for Nancy Pelosi.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters kicked off a firestorm of controversy when she urged supporters to form mobs and terrorize Trump administration officials.
Waters urged her constituents
“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, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
Americans were horrified.
Waters speech came after Democrats escalated their attacks on Trump officials and his supporters.
Democrat activists stalked Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi at a movie theater and menaced Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at her home.
After those frightening encounters where liberal goons targeted female Trump officials for abuse, Republicans were rightly concerned that Waters call for mob justice could lead to a Trump official being badly hurt or even worse as liberals ramped up their acts of domestic terrorism.
Pelosi tried to calm the waters by issuing a tepid rebuke of Waters.
But in her statement, the Democrat leader blamed President Trump for Waters outburst.
“In the crucial months ahead, we must strive to make America beautiful again. Trump’s daily lack of civility has provoked responses that are predictable but unacceptable. As we go forward, we must conduct elections in a way that achieves unity from sea to shining sea.”
Republicans responded by introducing a measure to censure Waters.
Arizona Representative Andy Biggs explained why he made the move saying
“So we just introduced it, we have some cosponsors, but what she did was to basically incite people to come after and attack members of the president’s cabinet,” Biggs continued “And also spread that out to more people.”
“Everybody agrees that it was just highly objectionable what she did,”
If Speaker Paul Ryan brings the measure up for a vote, it will put Democrats in an impossible position.
The liberal base supports Waters and her calls for mob violence.
Should Democrats do the right thing and vote “yes” which will infuriate the “resistance” who will view the party as cowardly for turning their back on Waters and capitulating to the GOP.
Pelosi’s other option is rally her troops around Waters and vote “no” en masse.
But that tactic carries great risks.
It would send a signal to American voters that the Democrat Party is not interested in settling differences politically.
Voting against censuring Waters would show that the Democrats are now committed to political violence as part of the “resistance” against the President.
It would be the first time in American history that a political party openly advocated violence against the government as part of their official platform.
This goes beyond Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Already one Democrat activist attempted to assassinate Republican members of Congress at a baseball practice after the media’s coverage of the Russia scandal spurred him to take matters into his own hands.
Waters’ remarks – and the Democrats embracing her by voting no on censure – could push events to take an even darker turn.