Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said she will be cancelling two upcoming events due to receiving a “very serious death threat,” just days after she declared open season on Trump administration officials.
“There was one very serious death threat made against me on Monday from an individual in Texas which is why my planned speaking engagements in Texas and Alabama were cancelled this weekend,” Waters said in a prepared statement for the press.
Waters made headlines last week when she encouraged followers to harass officials working for Trump. The outspoken Democrat said at a Saturday rally, “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.”
The President responded with a tweet on Monday condemning the remarks and stating “be careful what you wish for.”
Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an extraordinarily low IQ person, has become, together with Nancy Pelosi, the Face of the Democrat Party. She has just called for harm to supporters, of which there are many, of the Make America Great Again movement. Be careful what you wish for Max!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2018
Several members of Congress, including Nancy Pelosi, criticized Waters for her statements. House Speaker Paul Ryan called on Waters to apologize to the President. “There’s no place for this, she obviously should apologize,” he said.
But the Congressional Black Caucus appears to have Waters’ back. They say her remarks are being mischaracterized and pointed the finger a Trump.
“In exercising her constitutional right to freedom of speech at a recent rally, Congresswoman Waters did not, as she has made clear, encourage violence, like President Trump has been doing since the election. She, instead, encouraged Americans to exercise their constitutional rights to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly by letting President Trump and members of his Administration know that separating young immigrant children from their parents is not who we are as a country,” Congressman Cedric Richmond, chairman of the CBC said in a statement.
A resolution, authored by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), has been introduced in the House calling for Waters to apologize and resign.
Tonight, I introduced a resolution to censure and condemn Maxine Waters for her recent comments, that encouraged actions that jeopardized the safety of government officials. Her rhetoric, as a Member of Congress, was unacceptable. STATEMENT: https://t.co/9GbZZyFk5p
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) June 26, 2018