The set of CNN’s “New Day” did not take kindly to Rep. Maxine Waters’ recent rallying cry to supporters, urging them refuse service to members of Donald Trump’s cabinet when they’re out in public, warning that “mob rule” would not be good for anyone and only played into the president’s hands.
“If we get to a place as a country where it is open season on anyone if they serve in an administration in public, when mob rule starts being advocated by elected officials. That is bad for everybody,” said CNN’s newest contributor John Avlon, who also warned that heckling and public shaming would create a “veneer of moral equivalence” which would only help Republicans in the midterms.
Also on hand was Brian Karem, the White House correspondent for Playboy and one of Sarah Sanders’ most frequent press briefing sparring partners. He too hit Waters and was sympathetic to the press secretary after she was ejected from the Red Hen restaurant in Virginia, saying on set that he would have served her.
“In D.C. there’s nothing worse than a Republican other than a Democrat, as Maxine Water proved. That was way over the top,” he said. “I would have served her. I have my disagreements with Sarah but I go back afterwards and we’re still able to talk.”
Over the weekend, the liberal California congresswoman came in for scalding criticism from Democrats and Republicans for after telling a crowd of supporters on Los Angeles that they should openly heckle members of the administration when they are in public and also refuse to serve them.
“You think we’re rallying now? You ain’t seen nothing yet,” Waters said in Los Angeles on Saturday. “Already you have members of your Cabinet that are being booed out of restaurants … protesters taking up at their house saying ‘no peace, no sleep.'”
Last week both Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen and senior adviser Stephen Miller were both heckled out of Mexican restaurants they were dining in Washington D.C.