Rep. Maxine Waters , D-Calif., claimed this week she is a target for terrorist threats as she demanded answers on how to shut down white nationalists.
“What can we do to deal with the KKK, the white nationalists, the extremists, the alt-right?” said Waters, the ranking Democrats on the House Committee on Financial Services, during a Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance hearing.
“They’re on the internet, they’re Breitbart. If you look at the YouTube, you see how much they want to kill me and others. What can we do?” she said.
Earlier in the hearing, she claimed her office had been the target of a threat.
“I’m worried about these domestic attacks. As a matter of fact, I was forced to focus on it a little bit yesterday when in my office in Los Angeles one of the people opening the mail opened an envelope, and a bunch of powder fell out with a note about me dying and killing Hillary Clinton and on and on and on. This is getting more frequent, and I know that we have privacy concerns and information sharing and all that,” she said.
Waters’ list of terrorist incidents included the Ruby Ridge standoff in 1992, the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum shooting 2009, the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting in 2015 and the recent violence Charlottesville, Virginia.
“Extremists radicalized by foreign terror groups are not the only terrorists with the capacity to target and kill American citizens,” Waters said. “Indeed, domestic terror attacks have become more frequent in recent years.”
Many found Waters’ claims absurd.
“Her desperate pleas are somewhat of a hoot. This is a woman, after all, who’s painted Trump in as darkest of lights as possible, calling far and wide and ever-so-frequently for his impeachment — all the while knowing he’s not even committed any impeachable offense. Yet it’s the rhetoric of racist nut-jobs that concerns her?” wrote Cheryl K. Chumley in The Washington Times.
“Maxine, don’t you think it’s a little funny to mention the KKK, white nationalists, and other groups while leaving out Black Lives Matter, Islamists, and Antifa? What’s the difference between the groups, really? They all seek peace through violence. They all want blood,” wrote John S. Roberts on Young Conservatives.
“The fact that you single out the alt-right without acknowledging the atrocities committed by the left shows how dim you truly are,” he wrote.
But Chumley said there is a serious side to Waters’ comments.
“What Waters, with her questions to terror experts, was trying to suggest was this: These white nationalists are simply domestic terrorists and are so threatening they don’t deserve freedom of speech. And that’s just one small step from saying this: These white nationalists ought to be booted from YouTube, silenced on social media,” she wrote.
“And that, while very tempting, is an outright slap to the Constitution. The First Amendment, after all, wasn’t intended to protect inoffensive speech,” Chumley added.
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source: Western Journalism