Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) criticized President Donald Trump on Wednesday for endangering her own safety by supposedly dog-whistling to white supremacists to start a civil war over the House’s impeachment inquiry.
“[Trump] should not be going after anybody,” Waters told MSNBC host Ali Velshi. “He is the president of the United States of America. He is setting some of us up to be killed. I have death threats constantly.”
“There are a number of people who have been convicted for threatening to kill me, and when he does that he’s dog-whistling to the white supremacists, the KKK, and the dangerous people,” she continued. “We have stories about many of those white supremacists who do nothing but practice how they’re going to be involved in a civil war and fight against this government. This president is irresponsible in so many ways aside from making us a target of these white supremacists.”
Maxine Waters, who infamously instructed her supporters to harass Trump officials in public and “tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere…”
…is now complaining on MSNBC that she can’t go to the grocery store without security. pic.twitter.com/HmX6NQ2VCR
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Waters’ complaints come in stark contrast to her now-infamous calls for people to publicly harass members of the Trump administration in response to the White House’s long-standing immigration policy.
“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up,” Waters was recorded shouting at her supporters in June 2018. “And 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 they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
At the time, Trump responded to her rallying cries, calling her an “extraordinarily low IQ person.” The California lawmaker is an outspoken critic of the president and was one of the first members of Congress to call for his impeachment.
“Yes, absolutely he has called me names as he has called many others names,” Waters told Velshi. “I have been at this almost two years because I understand the danger of this president. I understand that he has colluded with Russia. I understand that he has embraced Putin. I also understand that he really wants to be and act like a dictator. I’m very worried about our entire government. I’m worried about his entire administration.”
She further praised House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for finally moving forward with an impeachment inquiry and defended remarks that she herself made calling for the president to be “imprisoned” and “placed in solitary confinement.”
“Most people know me and know what I’ve been doing for the last two years,” Waters said. “They know I’ve spoken about the president’s lack of understanding or appreciation for the Constitution. He doesn’t care about the democracy and how he has undermined all of those who are trying so hard to make this democracy stronger.”
“So, I think people know me,” she continued. “And I think that they know I have the best interest of this country at heart and that I’ve worked very hard and that I’ve spoken truth to power in ways that many others didn’t even have the courage to do it.”