By Martin Walsh
Over the summer, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) urged supporters to publicly harass and get in the faces of Trump administration officials. At the time, many in the mainstream media brushed off her comments and chalked it up as typical political speak rather than something that could result in violence.
Since her comments back in May, several people have taken Waters up on her challenge, and it has resulted in quite a few notable conservatives being harassed, confronted, and scared by left-wing mobs.
Mob Swarms Carlson’s Home
As reported by The Washington Post, a massive group of roughly 20 people swarmed the home of Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Wednesday night. While he was on-air taping his show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” he received a phone call from his wife, Susie.
Mob outside Tucker Carlson’s house
The Fox host said his wife had locked herself in the kitchen pantry and called police after one of the protesters rammed into the front door of their house in Washington, D.C. so hard that it cracked. Thankfully, none of their four children were there at the time, but the incident was apparently so horrifying that Susie believed their residence was being invaded. She was made to feel, as Carlson described it, fear that she wasn’t safe in her own home.
“I called my wife,” Carlson told The Post in a phone interview. “She had been in the kitchen alone getting ready to go to dinner and she heard pounding on the front door and screaming. … Someone started throwing himself against the front door and actually cracked the front door.”
Videos were uploaded to Twitter by a far-left group called “Smash Racism DC” on Wednesday night. Soon after they raged across social media, many were taken down and the Twitter account was suspended. But the damage had already been done.
In the video clips, several of the protesters can be heard screaming and shouting obscenities at Carlson’s home. They apparently believed he was there, and not taping his show back at the Fox News studio.
“Tucker Carlson, we are outside your home,” one person can be heard yelling. Another shouted through a megaphone that Carlson has been “promoting hate” and “an ideology that has led to thousands of people dying.”
“We want you to know, we know where you sleep at night,” one said, which is undoubtedly a threat to the Carlson family. “Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!”
Another woman was heard on tape saying she wished that she had a “pipe bomb.” Consider that for a second. A person is so enraged by Carlson’s political beliefs that she wanted an explosive device, presumably to inflict serious harm on the Carlson family and home.
New Normal for the Left?
While the mob that swarmed Carlson’s home is terrifying and many have condemned them, not everyone on the left is ready to admit that these confrontations are getting dangerous.
On Thursday morning, Vox’s Matthew Yglesias tweeted that he didn’t feel sorry for Susie Carlson after the incident.
“I honestly cannot empathize with Tucker Carlson’s wife at all — I agree that protesting at her house was tactically unwise and shouldn’t be done — but I am utterly unable to identify with her plight on any level,” Yglesias wrote.
Beyond Yglesias’ comments and refusal to condemn these abhorrent actions, this has become the new normal for many conservatives.
Last month, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) received at her home a threatening letter, which reportedly featured a suspicious white substance. The message was vulgar and hate-filled, as the author took issue with Collins voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
A few weeks before, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and his wife, Heidi Cruz, were confronted at a Washington, D.C. restaurant. Soon after Cruz publicly stated that he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh to the nation’s highest court, he and his wife were harassed out of the establishment and essentially forced to leave.
Prior to that, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was accosted at a movie theater. As powerfully articulated by Liberty Nation’s Laura Valkovic, the protesters screamed at Bondi and followed her as she left the theater.
Around the same time, a group of left-wing protesters swarmed the home of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen, which could have put her family in jeopardy. The demonstration at her house was reportedly organized by CASA in Action, an organization that advocates for Latinos and immigrants. The group took issue with Nielsen’s support for the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policies.
Before even that, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and a group of friends were refused service at a restaurant. When they left, someone who worked for the restaurant followed them down the street and continued to berate them. It would be more than safe to assume Sanders was maligned for her political views and working for the president.
… one might ask how long it will be until another Republican faces a leftist mob triggered by the thought of an opposing view.
How Much Lower Can Democrats Go?
Waters’ call for harassment is dangerous and has resulted in several Trump administration officials and conservatives being confronted in public. “Create a crowd,” as Waters stated at the time, comes across as encouraging a “mob,” which can lead to violence.
The same Democrats and their allies in the mainstream media who endlessly call President Trump a “Nazi,” “fascist,” and “Hitler” have largely refused to show an ounce of courage and condemned these mob-like tactics. It wouldn’t be hard for the media to reach top Democrats given that many are featured across all of the liberal media outlets every single day.
Perhaps Waters and her party won’t condemn these acts of cowardice because they fear what Trump has achieved and will likely continue to achieve going forward. While not all of these protesters are raging lunatics, one might ask how long it will be until another Republican faces a leftist mob triggered by the thought of an opposing view.