Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) has received multiple death threats following comments she made supporting acts of civil disobedience and peaceful protest.
When a Red Hen restaurant owner in Virginia asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave the establishment due to her employees’ discomfort at having to serve her, Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) expressed her support for the restaurant owner and encouraged the American people to take similar actions when the opportunity presents itself.
The president then intentionally misinterpreted her comments and threatened Waters, saying on Twitter in a post that has since been deleted that Waters was calling for violence against supporters of the administration.
A day later, the president called Waters and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi “unhinged.”
Following the exchange, which started last weekend, Waters began receiving death threats, at least one of which was considered “very serious.”
“As the President has continued to lie and falsely claim that I encouraged people to assault his supporters, while also offering a veiled threat that I should ‘be careful’, even more individuals are leaving (threatening) messages and sending hostile mail to my office.” — Waters
She has been forced to cancel two scheduled appearances in both Alabama and Texas this weekend following the threat.
The messages reportedly contain threats of lynching the African-American congresswoman.
“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 (sic) this weekend. This is just one in several very serious threats the United States Capitol Police are investigating in which individuals threatened to shoot, lynch, or cause me serious bodily harm.” — Waters
A spokesperson for the U.S. Capitol Police said that the agency cannot comment on an ongoing investigation.
Although the threats have increased in number this past week, they aren’t anything new for Congresswoman Waters.
Just this April a man plead guilty to threatening her last year.
Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), who frequently buts heads with Waters, defended her yesterday and said that the death threats she is receiving are unacceptable.
“It is intolerable that any American, including elected officials, should ever be harassed, intimidated or threatened for their political views — no matter how distasteful some may find them. A free and democratic society cannot long remain so without a free exchange of political ideas. I disagree with almost everything Congresswoman Waters says, but she deserves the opportunity to be heard in safety and security.” — Hensarling
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