When Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) called on others to continue harassing Trump administration officials, she got a sharp rebuke from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). But some in the media apparently agreed with Waters.
While appearing on “AM Joy” on Sunday, Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin argued that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and others deserved a lifetime of harassment.
Her comments came after Sanders announced that a Virginia restaurant asked her to leave because of her support for the Trump administration. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen similarly faced hecklers at a Mexican restaurant amid the ongoing migrant crisis at the southern border.
Rubin argued on Sunday that Sanders and others in the administration got what they deserved and should continue facing harassment for the rest of their lives:
“Let’s get a million people to go to Maine or a million people to go to Alaska and start putting pressure on those senators. So it’s perfectly civil to do that — no one is telling them to be violent protesters, but we’re not going to let these people go through life unscathed. Sarah Huckabee has no right to live a life of no fuss, no muss, after lying to the press — after inciting against the press. These people should be made uncomfortable, and I think that’s a life sentence, frankly.”
Rubin has been outspoken on immigration and called people “beasts” for opposing amnesty.
“What kind of inhumane beast — are you raised by wolves?” she previously asked.
Comedian Michelle Wolf also argued that Waters didn’t go far enough in her controversial request. As IJR previously reported, Wolf lobbed a series of vulgar insults toward President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and called on others to do the same.
“You have to make sure your words are life-alteringly hurtful,” she said. “You gotta hit their deepest insecurities with the hot venom of a teenager from a broken home.”
Others, like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Rubin’s own paper, opposed the harassing techniques.
In a piece last month, the Post’s editorial board said both Nielsen and Sanders should “be allowed to eat dinner in peace.”