The debate within the Democratic Party over how to react to President Donald Trump erupted on Monday as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) publicly scolded Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) for calling on citizens to publicly resist administration cabinet officials.
At a weekend rally, Rep. Waters urged citizens to hold individual members of the administration to account.
“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. 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,” Rep. Waters urged.
“If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you…tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
I’m against violence, but public shunning is completely legitimate.pic.twitter.com/PvLRQroC8U
— Leah McElrath (@leahmcelrath) June 25, 2018
The Democratic leader labeled such resistance as “unacceptable” in a Monday tweet.
“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,” Rep. Pelosi lectured. “As we go forward, we must conduct elections in a way that achieves unity from sea to shining sea.”
Edward-Isaac Dovere, Politico’s chief Washington correspondent, described Pelosi’s tweet as “publicly and forcefully” condemning Waters.
There was also a racial element that did not go unnoticed.
“I’d be careful not to throw black women under the bus. As a privilege white woman, you don’t get to choose how black folks respond to white supremacy that doesn’t threaten your personal safety,” counseled Terrell J. Starr, a reporter at The Root.
Many of the replies showed Pelosi’s Twitter followers choosing to stand with Rep. Waters.
“I’m a big Pelosi supporter. This is a flat out blunder,” explained Tom Watson. “She should clarify today.”
Here are some of the other responses in the debate over shunning individual members of the Trump administration:
I know this has to be your ‘official’ response, but I’m with Maxine. Time to go toe to toe for the rest of us
— Paul (Doug)las Shuck (@ShuckDoug) June 25, 2018
Your ratio here tells you we disagree. Reframe your argument and take the national anthem out of it. Your staff is doing you a disservice writing this pablum.
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) June 25, 2018
We can be civil…. while holding folks accountable. Don't be silly.
You know better. Btw, putting an african woman on the spot is a sure way to lose in 18.. not only a chance at speaker, but the job you have now.
Some friendly advice.
— NewDemRicoP 💯✊🏾✊🏾 (@reesetheone1) June 25, 2018
Now you're stupidly attacking our own rather than demanding an answer to where the missing babies and girls are.
— WriterNYC (@GirlNYC) June 25, 2018
I stand with Maxine.
— Ken Marshall 馬康澤 (@kenner116) June 25, 2018
2/ This is not a tea party where we all dress up and are polite and mannerly showing we can all get along. This is war. We didn't start it but we sure as hell need to be part of it not watching on the sidelines. I'm done.
— AlexisB🇨🇦🇺🇸 (@tudorqueenAB) June 25, 2018
Always respect for you Nancy, but on this one, I am with @RepMaxineWaters. You cannot meet fire with "ho-hum" — let's be nice. They continue to escalate and we continue to "go high?" Not working so no more.
— Sheryl Wragg (@sher_wr) June 25, 2018
No! I'm with Maxine. We went high during the election. Look where that got us. The Fascists who defend stripping children from their parents should be shunned and shamed. Sarah lies to the American people every day. She puts down intelligent journalists.
— Brina Brady (@BrinaBrady) June 25, 2018
Waters for Leader. Time to step aside, Nancy.
— G Butterworth 🇺🇳 (@frgsj) June 25, 2018
Said as a slam to Maxine? Unity, huh?
— Cheri Wilson (@CTRNewsFeed) June 25, 2018
Madam Leader, I love and respect you. But you are wrong on this. We must resist and shun fascism. We must call it out as unacceptable. We cannot be polite and civil to it.
We cannot unify with people who support atrocities.
— Science-based Rohit (@rvponders) June 25, 2018
It’s exactly this mincing, half assed, soft/non existent push back from democrats that’s allowed the GOP to run roughshod over us. Why do they get to say and do whatever they want and we have to just take it? Fuck trump & screw you. Maxine is right. Racists can’t stay comfortable
— C G Benner (@thereal_CGB) June 25, 2018
Civil Disobedience is a legal and effective expression of #Resistance.
When the Government is the instrument of injustice, those who blindly follow the law become it's agents.
— On The Case Man (@OnTheCaseMan) June 25, 2018
If you run on unity from sea to seas rather than stopping the evil of the Republican party, you'll leave Congress in their hands.
— Dave Hogg (@stareagle) June 25, 2018
No, Nancy, we need leadership to call out this attack on American norms and traditions amidst this slide towards authoritarianism at every opportunity before it's too late. Leaders can be anybody if the actual leaders don't step up.
— Jonna Chissus (@JonnaChissus) June 25, 2018
It’s time for you to resign @NancyPelosi. Clearly you are not up for the task of fighting the fascist Trump regime. Support your fellow dems as they stand up to the destruction of our democracy or step aside. #IStandWithMaxine
— Palooke (@Palooke76) June 25, 2018
Oh pul-leeze. And stop talking about taking impeachment off the table! Go, @RepMaxineWaters!
— Mel Neuhaus (@acehanna54) June 25, 2018