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California Representative and viral liberal, #MaxineWaters has addressed the public after recently canceling her speaking engagements in Texas and Alabama.
Apparently, Ms. Waters was receiving several threats to her livelihood and was even threatened she would be lynched if she continued to speak out against Trump’s immigration policies that have resulted in the separation of families at the Mexican/American border.
“We didn’t have all of our security in order and organized for those two trips, but we’ve got it together now,” she said on a radio program hosted by Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson. “We’re going on with our schedule, and we’re going to keep talking about this president and his policies, and we’re going to keep fighting for these children and their parents and these families.” Water promised despite the risks of danger.
Although the brave congresswoman frequently criticizes the policies of the Trump administration, recently threats have increased since her controversial rally earlier this month when she encouraged listeners to confront the Trump administration in public places.
“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 are not welcome anymore, anywhere,” Waters protested. “Mr. President, we will see you every day, every hour of the day, everywhere that we are. We’re going to let you know you cannot get away with this.”
President Trump used the rallies to fall victim, and sent tweets falsely accusing Waters of prompting her audiences to harm Trump administration and supporters.
On Saturday, Waters addressed the topic and clarified the accusation:
“Nowhere in this statement do you hear me talk about violence. I’m talking about a discussion,” Waters said on Hutchinson’s show. “This business about me heckling, harassing, talking about violence is all made up by the opposite side. It’s made up by right-wing conservatives, it’s made up by Republicans in Congress, and they have scared the Democrats who are trying to somehow navigate on the question of civility.”
The recent public shaming of Trump administration officials in Washington, D.C.-area restaurants has triggered an internal debate among Democrats over how far they should go in confronting the president and his policies. However, Ms. Waters remains confident with her influence on peaceful confrontation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
“People will not stand for this policy, and it doesn’t make any difference, whether you’re black, whether you’re white, whether you’re Asian — no matter who you are, people understand separation and what harm it can be to these children,” she said. “We’ve got to keep our voices out there. … Let’s stay on this fight.”
She also addressed the recent death threats at an immigration rally, and challenged the would-be attackers to “shoot straight.”
“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 told the crowd in Los Angeles.
“All I have to say is this, if you shoot me you better shoot straight, there’s nothing like a wounded animal,” she added to cheers.