Maxine Waters To House Republicans: If You Want To Talk About Civility, You Start With The President

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California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters rebuked calls for "civility" and "friendly hospitality" from House Republicans at a committee hearing Tuesday morning, saying: "If you want to talk about civility, you start with the president of the united states and you implore him not to continue to promote violence, not to continue to promote divisiveness, and then I think he would be a better example and people would follow a better example, rather than get trapped into what he's advocating, which is pure violence."

Waters again cited her list of quotes from Donald Trump advocating violence at campaign rallies in response to Texas Republican Jeb Hensarling's opening statement calling for civility and inviting Waters to Texas for "Tex-Mex or BBQ" during a House Financial Services Committee hearing with HHS Sec. Ben Carson.

"For those who daily promote diversity, I would call upon them to respect the diversity of opinion, which is the single most important form of diversity in a free and democratic society," Hensarling said, before recognizing Waters. "I also lament, as I look back, that there was a time in America's history when you could be denied service in a restaurant based on the color of the skin. Now, apparently, it is the color of your voter registration card."





"As to the chairman's comments about civility," Waters said. "Let me just say that I think every reasonable person has concluded that the President of the United States of America has advocated violence."

"He has been divisive, and he has been the one that has caused what we see happening today, where people are trying to push back on his policies," she said. "But he continues to call names and he continues to challenge people in very violent ways."

"If you want to talk about civility, you start with the President of the United States, and you implore him not to continue to promote violence, not to continue to promote divisiveness, and then I think he would be a better example and people would follow a better example, rather than get trapped into what he's advocating, which is pure violence."

Transcript:

REP. JEB HENSARLING: For those who daily promote diversity, I would call upon them to respect diversity of opinion, which is the single most important form of diversity in a free and democratic society. I also lament as I look back that there was a time in America's history when you could be denied service in a restaurant based on the color of the skin. Now, apparently, it is the color of your voter registration card.

To all my colleagues, particularly those who disagree with my political views, I don't own a restaurant. But if I owned a restaurant in Dallas, I want you to know you would be welcome there and I would be proud to be seen with you. If you come to Dallas, I would be glad to take you there. You can pick it, Tex-Mex or BBQ, you pick. As we eat, please note, I would not yield you the moral high ground. I would not lessen my passion for individual liberty and economic opportunity. But I would listen carefully to your views and I would seek common ground with you. Should my supports be in that restaurant, the only thing I would call on them to do would be to show you respect and to surround you with Texas friendly hospitality. I yield back the balance of my time. I now recognize the gentlelady from California. Ms, Waters, the ranking member for three minutes.

REP. MAXINE WATERS: Mr. Chairman... [discusses the subject of the hearing, H.H.S., and Sec. Ben Carson] ... As to the chairman's comments about civility and about what he would do if he owned a restaurant, let me just say that I think every reasonable person has concluded that the President of the United States of America has advocated violence. He has been divisive, and he has been the one that has caused what we see happening today, where people are trying to push back on his policies and where people are trying to have peaceful protests instead of violence.

But he continues to call names and he continues to challenge people in very violent ways. I will quote to you some of his sayings.

In his campaign, I quote he said, "I'd like to knock the crap out of them."

Further, he said, "You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They would be carried out on a stretcher."

In addition to that, he also talked about the fact that if someone was hurt or while they were being assaulted, as he was encouraging them to do, he said this, "So if you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them. And would you seriously," Trump said. "Just knock them the hell out. I promise I will pay for the legal fees. I promise. I promise."

If you want to talk about civility, you start with the President of the United States, and you implore him not to continue to promote violence, not to continue to promote divisiveness, and then I think he would be a better example and people would follow a better example, rather than get trapped into what he's advocating, which is pure violence.

I yield back the balance of my time.

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