Republicans Demand Speaker Ryan Publicly Condemn Maxine Waters on House Floor

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | June 26, 2018 | 1:32 PM EDT

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) (Screenshot)

Republicans met with House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) Tuesday morning and called on Ryan to condemn Rep. Maxine Waters’ (D-Calif.) comments calling on her supporters to harass members of the Trump Administration.

Republicans urged Ryan "to make a public statement on the House floor," Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) told radio host Laura Ingraham in an interview following the morning meeting of about a hundred GOP congressmen:

“We’re calling for, one, for him to, which I think he will do, to make a public statement on the House floor to call attention to this type of activity. It’s unfair and it’s unfounded, and I don’t know what exactly what the result will be with Speaker Ryan.

“But, he’s well aware of the problems, as of about an hour ago. We met at nine; we made it loud and clear what he should be doing.”

Rep. Norman said his wife had been harassed by protesters following Waters’ remarks – and that it's time for Republicans “to stand up” to the type of hostility she’s encouraging:

“I had my wife stopped trying to get into [House] Rayburn Building. The [Congressional] picnic was cancelled because of the protest and what Maxine Waters is wanting to see happen - but, it’s up to us to stand up and to not put up with it.”

Rep. says he’s just one of the Republicans drafting censures of Waters:

“Well, I’m doing the censure; me along with Andy, I think Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) is doing one. I think two or three other congressmen are actually spelling out a resolution condemning her, her words, her actions – and, basically, saying in the resolution that there’s no place in politics for an elected official to have this kind of language.”

Rep. Biggs did, indeed, introduce a measure to censure Rep. Waters and “ask her to resign for inciting people to publicly confront Trump administration officials,” The Daily Caller reports.


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