Waters Defiant in the Face of Death Threats

By Free Radical

Maxine Waters has been the face of the Congressional resistance to Donald Trump.

Maxine Waters has been the face of the Congressional resistance to Donald Trump.

Maxine Waters defiantly answered the cowards who have threatened her life. “I know that there are those who are talking about censuring me, talking about kicking me out of Congress, talking about shooting me, talking about hanging me,” Waters proclaimed at a “Families Belong Together” rally in Los Angeles on Saturday. “All I have to say is this, if you shoot me you better shoot straight, there’s nothing like a wounded animal.”

Waters was only at the rally in Saturday because she canceled a series of southern public engagements as a result of receiving threats on her life. The elder Democratic stateswoman has been the subject of scrutiny since she made statements last week encouraging continued protests against members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet in the wake of controversies over immigration. Public uproar has hastened upon the revelation that incoming families have been separated with children staying in jail-like conditions.

In a statement, Waters announced that “Even more individuals are leaving threatening messages and sending hostile mail to my office.” She continued, “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.”

This past Monday, Waters defended her prior remarks on Capitol Hill, saying, “I believe in peaceful, very peaceful protests…I have not called for the harm of anybody. This President has lied again when he’s saying that I’ve called for harm.”

Water’s actual statement is consistent with her claim. At a different Los Angeles rally she previously said, “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 statement was in response to crowds that heckled Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in response to the immigration crisis.

Though Waters has been criticized by both Republicans and Democrats, some observers have pointed out that her remarks not only failed to incite violence, but also pale in comparison to the actual harm that has been directed to immigrant families.

Moreover, very little concern has been shown for Waters who regularly receives death threats as she claims.

Waters, a native of the historic town of Kinloch, has been one of the most courageous and fiercest critics of the Trump administration. She has become in many ways the face of the national legislative resistance to Trump and his policies.

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