Here’s what Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters said recently to a New York audience. The remark was made ten days ago but appears to have just been dug up:
I’m sitting here listening, watching, absorbing, thinking about Ali even though I never met him. And with this kind of inspiration, I will go and take Trump out tonight.
Not the boxing Ali, another one.
Now, what did she mean by this? I dunno. Maybe impeachment, which she often calls for, although it would be hard to accomplish that in a single evening. Maybe she wants to punch him in the face. Maybe she wants to “take Trump out” to dinner. Or maybe she’s joking that she wants to assassinate him.
But any way you look at it, it’s hugely irresponsible for a lawmaker, particularly one with a wide and enthusiastic following among Trump haters, to be talking about taking him out. This from the party that supposedly stands against incendiary rhetoric.
If a conservative congressman had said he wanted to take Barack Obama out when Obama was president, the noise from Democrats and the media would be deafening. There would be pompous inquiries on the editorial pages of the New York Times into the violence and racism that lurks within every conservative. Commentary would be made on the the Second Amendment and the need to keep guns out of the hands of right-wing lunatics. National soul-searching would be recommended.
But if Maxine Waters says it about Trump, fine. Her heart’s in the right place, even if she’s taking it a little far. You know how good ‘ole Auntie Maxine is.