Column: Media Love for Menacing Maxine Waters

February 10th, 2021 5:26 AM

Maxine Waters is a darling of the liberal media. Last October, Washington Post features reporter Helena Andrews-Dyer (and coauthor R. Eric Thomas) put together a book titled Reclaiming Her Time: The Power of Maxine Waters.

The publisher touts: “In the tradition of Notorious RBG, a lively, beautifully designed, full-color illustrated celebration of the life, wisdom, wit, legacy, and fearless style of iconic American Congresswoman Maxine Waters.” She’s “iconic.”

Naturally, the Washington Post book review gushed over this sticky Maxine valentine by one of their reporters. “There’s plenty of funny on these pages,” wrote Karin Tanabe. “The writers are unabashed fans, writing for those who share the love and making the case that political biographies shine bright when they have as much panache as their subject.”

The book celebrates Waters “coming out on top in her legendary showdowns with Trump and his cronies.” Well, one “legendary showdown” is getting a replay during the second impeachment trial, this one centered on the accusation that Trump incited the riot at the Capitol.

If you get your video from sources other than the dominant liberal “news” networks, you might remember Waters on June 23, 2018 encouraging gangs of leftists to assemble and shame Trump officials out of polite society.

"They’re not going to be able to go to a restaurant, they’re not going to be able to stop at a gas station, they’re not going to be able to shop at a department store," Waters said at the time. "The people are going to turn on them, they're going to protest, they’re going to absolutely harass them."

She wanted people to scream in the dark of night outside Trump-appointee houses “No peace, no sleep!”

Anyone who doesn’t think this is at least inciting very hostile behavior -- that feels dangerous when you're the target -- must love Iconic Maxine as much as Helena Andrews-Dyer does. It didn’t result in anything as horrible as the Capitol riot. But the menacing meaning of the words is plain.

Nevertheless, leftists all over CNN and MSNBC were fulminating that you can’t compare Waters with Trump....because, well, she’s not Trump, and no violence resulted. At least MSNBC host Ali Velshi played the clip and asked Waters how she would defend herself now. But he also concluded “Trump's defense attorneys are actually going to invoke her and others and things that they have said to say that they too were invoking rioting or violence. That's not actually the case.”

Then came PolitiFact, bizarrely fact-checking a 2018 Facebook meme in February 2021. Talk about cherry picking! And the cherry fermented into dust.

Tom Kertscher of PolitiFact picked a Facebook meme with Waters supposedly saying "We’re sending a message to every Trump supporting American that you’re not welcome here."  Then he could run the actual obnoxious quote and cry foul. She didn’t single out every Trump voter, just Trump officials.

PolitiFact was founded in 2007, and Waters has been in Congress the entire time...and there are exactly two fact checks of Waters. She has two, while conservative Sen. Ted Cruz has 146!

In one Waters fact check, she said on MSNBC “I have not called for impeachment.” But MSNBC’s Craig Melvin had just read her tweet on air saying “I’m going to fight everyday until he’s impeached.”

Our politics has reached full toxicity when either side encourages violence or seriously hostile behavior toward government officials, on or off-duty. The media and the Democrats want Trump convicted for something that they can’t even seem to acknowledge Maxine Waters and others on the Left have done themselves.