McCarthy: 'Nancy Pelosi Should Stand Up to Maxine Waters'; Pelosi Blames Trump's 'Lack of Civility'

By Susan Jones | June 25, 2018 | 11:03am EDT
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (File Photo/C-SPAN)

( - "I think Nancy Pelosi should stand up to Maxine Waters and tell her what she is saying is wrong," House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told Fox News on Monday.

And House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, in a Monday morning  tweet, blamed President Trump's "lack of civility" for provoking responses that are "unacceptable."

The controversy arose on Friday, when White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a Lexington, Virginia restaurant because of her affiliation with the Trump administration.  One day later, Rep.  Maxine Waters, a California Democrat, said there should be more of that:

"If you see anybody from that (Trump) Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. You push back on them. Tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere!" Waters told an immigration rally on Capitol Hill Saturday.

The Sanders restaurant ejection follows other incidents where conservatives, including Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, have been harassed in public places for their political beliefs.

Stop it, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said on Monday. (See below) 

A short time after McCarthy spoke, House Minority Leader Pelosi tweeted her response to Waters' incitement: "In the crucial months ahead, we must strive to make America beautiful again. Trump’s daily lack of civility has provoked responses that are predictable but unacceptable. As we go forward, we must conduct elections in a way that achieves unity from sea to shining sea."

"This is very dangerous," McCarthy said on Monday.

"She (Waters) should apologize to the American public. The idea -- we have to have civility. I can disagree with somebody philosophically, but to presonally atttack -- to remove somebody and not serve them? What's interesting to me, the people who claim tolerance seem to be the most intolerant in this process.

"I have friends on the other side of the aisle -- we philosophically disagree,"  McCarthy said. "We have debates about our philosophy difference. But we'll sit down, have dinner together, have a cup of coffee together or whatever. We need civility in this country. But the idea that you're asking people to go forward, that becomes very dangerous and it becomes a risk inside our country as well."

McCarthy, apparently referring to the gunman who opened fire on Republican members of Congress at a baseball practice last year, said he's seen things go beyond simple harassment:

And we can't have that in this country, and we should not. And I think Nancy Pelosi should stand up to Maxine waters and tell her what she is saying is wrong. If somebody on the Republican side said that against the Democrats I would be the first to say no, that is not true. That is not the country we live in and that is not the political process that we have.

We respect one another. You know what we signed inside our own Congress? We signed a civility resolution to one another that we would treat each other with respect. That we would debate each other with respect. We would not make it personal.

But for an elected official to stand up before America and ask people to go and harass them. We know the type of society we live in today. This is unacceptable. And It doesn't matter what philosophical belief you have, this is wrong and they should be called out for it.

On Monday morning, President Trump retweeted a message from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who wrote: "Trump haters still haven’t realized how much they help him with their condescension of those who either voted for him or don’t share their hatred of him. And how much they help him with their irrational hostility towards those who work for him."

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