Trump administration officials have had a target on their backs ever since Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) directed supporters to “push back on them” and “tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere” during a speech on June 23.
Here is a list of all of the elected officials who have been harassed since Waters’ speech:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
The majority leader seems to be the number one target of hecklers. On July 8, a group followed McConnell outside of a restaurant, jeering, “We know where you live, Mitch.”
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao
We confronted @SenateMajLdr and @SecElaineChao with @ProPublica audio of children separated from their families at the border while leaving a @Georgetown event. We must #AbolishICE & #AbolishCBP! #FreedomforImmigrants pic.twitter.com/ljv70F3F0L
— Roberto (@RobertoChicanX) June 26, 2018
While Chao might have just been collateral damage in an attack on her husband, McConnell, that didn’t mean she didn’t fight back when hecklers met the pair outside of an event at Georgetown University on June 26. Chao shouted back at the hecklers, “You leave my husband alone!”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
Thank you to the US Capitol Police for their arrest of the man who recently threatened to kill my family and me.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 2, 2018
Sen Rand Paul describes threat from man who he says claimed he would chop up the senator’s family w/ an axe. @RandPaul describes his thoughts w/ this happening months after being attacked in his yard & the baseball practice shooting. @WHAS11 pic.twitter.com/xx581BlFj7
— Chris Williams (@chriswnews) July 2, 2018
Paul faced online threats, including one threat to “chop up” his family. About the incident, Paul stated, “It’s just horrendous that we have to deal with things like this.”
Former Environmental Protection Agency Chief Scott Pruitt
“I urge you to resign before your scandals push you out,” Mink said. Pruitt left without comment.
White House Adviser Stephen Miller
“Say it loud, say it clear: immigrants are welcome here,” shouts a group of about a dozen people outside Stephen Miller’s apartment building pic.twitter.com/Z6bv5OYcOn
— Rachel Sadon (@Rachel_Sadon) June 25, 2018
Protestors gathered outside of Miller’s home on June 25, chanting, “Say it loud, say it clear: Immigrants are welcome here.”
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was called a “piece of trash” in a bookstore on July 7, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The store owner reportedly called 911 before the protestor left.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.)
Ironically, Waters has faced her own blowback following her statements. Citing increased threats and hostility, Waters told her harassers that they better “shoot straight” if they are going to attack her.
While Waters may have caused an escalation of the harassment, she definitely was not the start of it. Many public officials were targeted, including White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen
Nielsen has been targeted by many different protests. Recently, the Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists greeted Nielsen at dinner with chants of “Shame!”
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
Pam Bondi attempted to attend a screening of the Mister Rogers documentary a day after announcing her plan to end protections for health care consumers with pre-existing conditions. Here, via @timintampa, is what happened. pic.twitter.com/zMLrSayS8M
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) June 23, 2018
Protesters followed Bondi on her way to view the new documentary on Mr. Rogers. Bondi ended up leaving the theater before seeing the film.
This hostility did not begin with Waters, but unfortunately, it doesn’t appear it will die down anytime soon.