California Rep. Maxine Waters makes more sense in one sentence than President Donald Trump does whenever he opens his mouth in front of a TV camera or fires off early–morning, stream–of–consciousness tweets from atop the toilet bowl.
On Friday, Trump veered off message during a speech in Suffolk County, NY, that was supposed to be about the “scourge” of the Mara Salvatrucha and other scary, Latino–sounding gangs. Tough–guy Trump, who is really just an insecure bully, thought it a good idea to build camaraderie with the police officers in attendance by not only condoning police brutality, but actually encouraging it.
“When you see these towns, and when you see these thugs being thrown in the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough. I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice,’” Trump said, with an annoyingly exaggerated Trumpian accent. “Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put the hand over [their head]. Like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody. Don’t hit their head. I said, ‘You can take the hand away, OK?’”
While many of the officers in the audience cheered and applauded this, it wasn’t long before police departments across the country—including Suffolk County, which hosted the speech—began widely denouncing Trump’s dangerous comments.
But one of the most succinct and acerbic responses came from Waters, a ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, who brought up Freddie Gray’s family and the inevitability of a Trump arrest. Gray was 25 when he died in police custody in Baltimore from injuries sustained during a transport to jail. His injuries at the hands of police who weren’t, as Trump described, “too nice” included a spinal fracture.
“Freddie Gray’s family probably wants to know if officers will protect Trump’s head when he is thrown into the back of a paddy wagon,” Waters tweeted.
Not much one can say to that.