STATEMENT: Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Calls on Democrats to Denounce Maxine Waters’ Call to Publicly Bully Trump Administration Officials

Last weekend, Congresswoman Maxine Waters was caught on video calling on supporters to publicly bully Trump administration officials in public, saying:

“If you see anybody from that 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!”

Some Democrats in Congress have gone on record denouncing the Congresswoman’s call to action.

In fact, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said yesterday:

“No one should call for the harassment of political opponents, that’s not right, that’s not American.”

Tuesday, Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Val DiGiorgio called on the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, Senator Bob Casey, and Pennsylvania’s Democratic Congressional Delegation and candidates to similarly denounce Congresswoman Waters’ statement:

“What this country needs right now is civility in public discourse, not divisive rhetoric or calls to bully.

“I call on Pennsylvania Democrats, whether they hold or are seeking office, to denounce these statements.

“I also call on my fellow Republicans to stick to substance and treat with respect those with whom we disagree.

“We are all Americans working to make this country a better place. While we can have differences on policy, the kind of language used by Congresswoman Waters is inflammatory and useless in having a constructive discussion on our nation’s most pressing issues.”