Some Democrats in the party’s mainstream, since even before President Trump was inaugurated, adopted the “Impeach 45” mantra.
One of the most prominent is Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., who shrieks “Impeach 45” as often as she appears on camera.
Walmart’s image also took a major hit in recent days after it was found to be selling “Impeach 45” T-shirts on its website.
The retail giant quickly dropped the product.
But now there’s a T-shirt referencing President Trump, the 45th president of the United States, in a different way.
Its message is “Pray for 45,” and it’s available at the website for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Franklin Graham, who now leads the ministry founded by his late father, explained the message on his Facebook page.
“There’s a way every one of us can make a difference for our nation – we can pray for our president and our leaders, as God’s Word instructs us. In contrast to the ‘IMPEACH 45’ T-shirt some were selling, we have a ‘PRAY for 45’ T-shirt you can wear to encourage others to do something constructive – PRAY!” he said.
“God is the hope for our country, and our leaders, including President Donald J. Trump, need our prayers. The bottom line? Prayer can make America great!”
The sale page explains: “The Bible says to pray for ‘all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence’ (1 Timothy 2:2, NKJV). Wear this t-shirt as a reminder to lift up our president in prayer.”
The shirts are 100 percent cotton.
While Waters’ calls for impeachment may amount only to political rhetoric, her recent call to harass members of the Trump administration has been cause for concern.
She recently told supporters at a rally in Los Angeles: “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 and you push back on them! And you tell them that they are not welcome, anymore, anywhere.”
Her words prompted a request for an ethics investigation, and a journalist who says Waters assaulted her when she confronted the lawmaker about the call for harassment has filed a complaint.
Veteran political adviser and longtime columnist Pat Buchanan warned violence can follow such inflammatory rhetoric.
He noted White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant recently. And Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and White House aide Steven Miller were heckled while dining in D.C. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was confronted by protesters at a movie theater.
The sentiment turned violent – but fortunately not fatal – just a year ago when James Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old volunteer in Bernie Sanders’ campaign, opened fire on GOP lawmakers practicing for their annual baseball game with the Democrats, Buchanan noted.
“House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was wounded, almost mortally. Had it not been for Scalise’s security detail, Hodgkinson might have carried out a mass atrocity,” he said.
“The left, to the point of irrationality, despises a triumphant Trumpian right and believes that to equate it with fascists is not only legitimate, but a sign that the accusers are the real moral, righteous and courageous dissenters in these terrible times,” he explained.
It has happened before, he pointed out.
“After Dr. King’s assassination, a hundred cities, including the capital, were looted and burned. Scores died. U.S. troops and the National Guard were called out to restore order. Soldiers returning from Vietnam were spat upon. Cops were gunned down by urban terrorists. Bombings and bomb attempts were everyday occurrences. Campuses were closed down. In May 1971, tens of thousands of radicals went on a rampage to shut down D.C.,” he said.
And Buchanan cited the left’s frequent comparisons of Trump to Nazi Germany, which “are absurd.”