Actor James Woods urged conservatives to “get armed” in preparation for “inevitable violence” by liberals, adding, “Your life literally depends on it.”
The Twitter exhortation by Woods, a Academy Award nominee who has aggressively supported President Donald Trump, was prompted by California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters’ call at a rally Saturday for Democrats to protest Trump administration officials wherever they find them.
Now that a United States Congresswoman has called for harassment against Republicans and the inevitable violence that will come of it, I urge all of you to a) get armed, and b) vote. Your life literally depends on it.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) June 25, 2018
“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,” waters implored the crowd.
Woods’ tweet, which also called on conservatives to vote, was part of a larger conservative backlash to the comments on social media. YouTube celebrities Diamond and Silk were among those who tweeted Monday that Waters should be labeled a “domestic terrorist for inciting violence.”
Maxine Waters along with the other intolerant racist Democrats should be deemed domestic terrorist for inciting violence.
— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) June 25, 2018
Many liberals argued that Waters was simply advocating the kind of peaceful protest protected as free speech and that the resulting outrage was a distraction from what they deemed Trump’s real misdeeds.
Maxine Waters didn’t call for violence.
She called for the continued heckling, shaming and nonviolent resistance of Donald Trump and his administration.
It is not a crime to peacefully protest a “president”, but it is certainly a crime to abuse children or conspire with Russia.
— Ryan Knight ☘️ (@ProudResister) June 25, 2018
The debate came at the end of a week that saw a number of Trump officials and other prominent Republicans aggressively confronted in public. The proximate cause of the trend was outrage over President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration, which has left more than 2,000 migrant children in detention and separated from their parents.
However, Trump’s presidency has polarized the American public since before it even started.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, a Republican, had to be escorted away from a screening of a movie about Mister Rogers in Tampa on Friday night after activists yelled at her. It was at least the third such incident involving GOP lawmakers in Florida last week, and in one case the politician’s children were on hand, according to Politico.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders earlier Friday was told by the owner of a restaurant in Virginia to leave because she works for an “inhumane and unethical” administration.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was interrupted Tuesday during dinner at a Mexican restaurant in Washington, DC, by protestors who shouted “Shame” and “If kids don’t eat in peace, you don’t eat in peace.” Demonstrators also chanted outside her northern Virginia townhouse on Friday morning.
Senior White House adviser Stephen Miller, who has played a leading role in crafting Trump’s zero tolerance policy, was last Sunday called a “fascist’ by a fellow diner at an upscale restaurant in the capital.
Politico reported Monday that “there’s a bipartisan sense that this election season marks another inflection point in the collapse of civil political discourse.” However, the news outlet said not all Democrats support the aggressive protests.
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