The top two Democrats on Capitol Hill criticized their colleague Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., for calling on Americans to confront members of the Trump administration and "absolutely harass" them.
Over the weekend, Waters spoke to supporters in California and said they should seek out Trump administration members out in public and shout them down. She echoed that call during a television interview.
After drawing the ire of President Donald Trump, Waters then received public admonishments from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
"I strongly disagree with those who advocate harassing folks if they don't agree with you," Schumer said during a Senate floor speech. "If you disagree with someone or something, stand up, make your voice heard, explain why you think they're wrong and why you're right. Make the argument. Protest peacefully.
"If you disagree with a politician, organize your fellow citizens to action and vote them out of office. But no one should call for the harassment of political opponents. That's not right. That's not American."
Earlier Monday, Pelosi shared her thoughts regarding Waters' conduct on Twitter:
The recent crisis at the border, which involved separating adults and children when families illegally crossed into the United States from Mexico, led to protesters loudly confronting Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at a restaurant and outside her home last week.
And Friday night, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant — which she did, along with her party — because of her White House position.
White House senior adviser Stephen Miller was called a "fascist" at a restaurant last week as well.
Waters appeared on MSNBC on Saturday and called on Americans who disagree with Trump's viewpoint to attempt to stop members of his cabinet from doing things in public.
"These members of his Cabinet who remain and try to defend him, they're not going to be able to go to a restaurant, they're not going to be able to stop at a gas station, they're not going to be able to shop at a department store," Waters said. "The people are going to turn on them. They're going to protest. They're absolutely going to harass them until they decide that they're going to tell the president, 'No, I can't hang with you.' This is wrong. This is unconscionable."
Waters is a frequent Trump critic who has called for his impeachment.
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