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While ABC’s Good Morning America was asleep at the wheel on Monday morning having failed to cover California Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters’s call for Americans to physically confront members of the Trump administration, CNN’s New Day miraculously found nine minutes and 43 seconds for Waters.
There were hot takes that President Trump was to blame for enabling such unhinged behavior, but there were other moments where sanity ruled and even a strong exchange with co-host John Berman where a Democratic Congressman refused to condemn Waters’s ugly rhetoric.
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The 6:00 a.m. Eastern hour saw New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman swiftly condemn Waters’s comments as “dangerous” and worse than uncivil:
This wasn't just I'm just going to ask you to leave my restaurant. This was crowd people in public. This is intimidate and get in their faces and their space. And I think that takes it to a very different level, especially when it’s a public officially saying it. This is an elected official making that point.
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Haberman later added that what “Waters is talking about is, again, physical space, getting in people's spaces in a different way is different” and rises “to a different level than just insulting people.”
However, she spent a large portion of her comments blaming Trump and fretting that this is something that he can — wait for it — “seize on.”
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