CNN Panel Tears Into Maxine Waters For ‘Outrageous’ Rhetoric: Stoking ‘Mob Mentality on the Left’


CNN’s New Day was unanimous in its condemnation of Rep. Maxine Waters Monday, who said at a rally over the weekend that Trump officials who continue to defend the president are going to face harassment in public.

The California Democrat said at a rally that these officials are “not going to be able to go to a restaurant, stop at a gas station, 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 … this is wrong, this is unconscionable; we can’t keep doing this to children.’”

RealClearPolitics editor A.B. Stoddard kicked off the CNN panel by pointing out that Waters is set to take over a highly important position in the House as chair of the Financial Services Committee — and “she’s doing everything she can to prevent her own promotion.”

“This is beyond overreach,” Stoddard said. “It is so outrageous that she is trying to motivate voters on her side to be as divisive as President Trump. I just find it really unbelievable that this is the kind of thing they’re trying to stoke this mob mentality on the left. It’s the exact thing that will drive turnout on the other side.”

“People end up behaving like the president and they shoot themselves in the foot,” she added.

CNN’s John Avlon pointed out that ahead of the midterm elections, “this is exactly the kind of thing that will get [Trump supporters] motivated, because it creates a veneer of moral equivalency.”

“If we get to a place as a country where it is open season on anyone if they serve in an administration in public, when mob rule starts being advocated by elected officials, that is bad for everybody. And it is the opposite, as you pointed out, of Michelle Obama’s ‘when they go low, we go high.'”

New Day host turned to White House reporter Brian Karem — known for his dustups with Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders — to seek his thoughts on her expulsion from a restaurant over the weekend.

“I would have served her,” Karem said. “What happened to just a little bit of civility?”

He added that Waters’ rally was “way over the top.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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