MADISON — We really do live in two Americas.
There’s the one where inciting violence is wrong no matter who you are, and the one where Maxine Waters is sane.
“Auntie Maxine,” the loose cannon California congresswoman, has a long history of reckless rhetoric, as Joseph Perkins notes in the Wall Street Journal.
Waters was at it again the weekend before the Derek Chauvin trial verdict, telling a crowd of Minneapolis protesters that the jury’s pronouncement better be “guilty, guilty, guilty.”
“And if we don’t … we’ve got to stay on the street. We have to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational,” Waters roared, railing against what she insists is systemic racism in American law enforcement. (Of course, Waters the cop-hater didn’t have any trouble asking for a police escort on her way to the Twin Cities.)
This is the same congresswoman who in 2018 encouraged an unhinged left to harass members of the Trump administration.
“If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gas station, you get out and create a crowd,” Waters urged. “And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore.”
It sounded like inciting violence then, as it did days before the Minneapolis jury returned a verdict of guilty in the Chauvin case. As Perkins notes in his op-ed, Alan Dershowitz suggested during an interview with Newsmax that Waters’ rant had more in common with the bile historically spewed by the KKK than the language for which the civil-rights movement is remembered. It was “an attempt to intimidate the jury.”
Time after time, Auntie Maxine, who Rush Limbaugh once called a full order of fries shy of a Happy Meal, has preached hatred, even cheered on rioting and violence. Time after time, cowards in the Democratic Party refuse to call her out. Generally, they justify their crazy aunt’s behavior.
Just as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did.
“Maxine talked about confrontation in the manner of the civil-rights movement,” said Pelosi, who possesses a sadist touch for twisting the truth until it screams in agony.
Waters’ rhetoric — again — was the marriage of match to dynamite fuse.
She is a tool of the real radical left, steeped in violence and disorder. Her defenders and placaters are the tools of a bigger, scarier force than they can possibly control.
They are all collectively Empower Wisconsin’s Tool of the Week.