In a confrontation yesterday between a journalist and California Rep. Maxine Waters, another U.S. Representative comes to Waters’ defense–Missouri Congressman and pastor Emanuel Cleaver II.
Cleaver represents Missouri’s 5th Congressional District that encompasses much of Kansas City.
Waters was asked in several questions about her call for Trump administration officials to be harassed in their everyday lives. The congresswoman refused to answer, instead asking the reporter to “come to my office.”
As Waters makes it to the elevator, a congressional staffer begins to confront the reporter while Congressman Cleaver can be seen moving from the rear of the elevator towards the elevator doors. At one point he puts up his phone in the direction of the journalist. Unintelligible words are heard from the Congressman but he begins pointing at his chest. A video still shows Cleaver on the right, with a staffer in the center, with a smiling Maxine Waters at the rear.
At one point it looks like the Cleaver is attempting to force the doors closed while the reporter’s body is blocking them.
Journalist Laura Loomer says, “I confronted Rep. Maxine Waters of California regarding her call for Trump administration officials to be harassed in their everyday lives. Does Maxine Waters think this kind of targeted harassment is civil? Does Maxine Waters stand behind her comments, or was it just agitprop for her Resistance friends?
Democrats are beginning to distance themselves from her.
Waters this week encouraged people to harass Trump administration officials and Trump supporters in the streets.
But Waters’ comments are not the first time the tactic has been advocated. In a 2008 speech by then candidate Barack Obama, the future president suggested how Republicans should be handled.
“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” Obama encouraged. “Because from what I understand, folks in Philly like a good brawl.
Metro Voice contacted Rep. Cleaver’s office but was told the entire staff was in a meeting.
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–By Dwight Widaman