Here Are All the Trump Admin Officials Who’ve Been Harassed Since Maxine Waters Encouraged It

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

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.)

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

The now-former EPA chief faced Kristin Mink and her daughter as they confronted him in a restaurant on July 2.

“I urge you to resign before your scandals push you out,” Mink said. Pruitt left without comment. 

White House Adviser Stephen Miller

Protestors gathered outside of Miller’s home on June 25, chanting, “Say it loud, say it clear: Immigrants are welcome here.”

Steve Bannon


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

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.

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