Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sharply criticized fellow Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters Mon day afternoon for a speech she delivered Saturday calling on opponents of President Trump to protest his policies by harassing members of his administration.
Schumer has been a vocal critic of President Trump, and the two men have frequently battled over the airwaves, but, he said, "No one should call for the harassment of political opponents. That’s not right. That’s not American."
"Now, I understand those who look at the conduct of this president, a man who habitually engages in bullying, name calling, slander and nastiness for its own sake, and think we have to fight fire with fire. I know, I felt those emotions myself," the Senate Majority Leader said. Schumer did not mention Waters by name, but the intention is clear.
"Many of us disagree with the policies of the current administration in a country as large and diverse as ours," Schumer said. "I strongly disagree with those who advocate harassing folks if they don’t agree with you. 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."
"I strongly disagree with those who advocate harassing folks if they don't agree with you. 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," Schumer added.