Maxine Waters went on another anti-Trump tirade on Sunday telling the members of the First AME Church in Los Angeles that God has sent her to take on President Donald Trump.
Waters began her ranting by accusing the president of being intent on “taking America down,” rather than living up to his 2016 presidential slogan of “Make America Great Again.”
“I am in this fight,” Waters declared before claiming her political opponents are waging an effort to “intimidate,” and “frighten,” her. During a June 30 speech in Los Angeles to demonstrators protesting President Trump “zero-tolerance,” immigration policies, the California lawmaker warned her enemies “better shoot straight,” if they are going to confront her.
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“No, we have members of Congress trying to intimidate me,” Waters said. “I have no fear. I’m in this fight. 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. All I have to say is this, if you shoot me, you better shoot straight. There’s nothing like a wounded animal.”
Waters told congregants she is not backing down from resisting the Trump administration’s policies despite calls from Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to tone down her violent rhetoric. “I’ve said that we can walk and chew gum at the same time,” she said.
Waters was roundly criticized after calling on her supporters to “create a crowd,” and “push back,” against Trump administration officials over its border policies. “You tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” the Congressional Black Caucus member said while speaking in front of Los Angeles’ Wilshire Federal Building.
Waters went on an unhinged rant in Los Angeles in June, encouraging supporters at a rally to stand up and “push back” against members of President Trump’s administration by harassing them at stores, restaurants, and gas stations.
Her actions are so volatile that Judicial Watch filed an ethics complaint against her for inciting violence.
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In encouraging individuals to create “crowds” who will “push back” on President Trump’s Cabinet members at private business establishments and in seemingly trying to prevent these Cabinet officials from obtaining basic necessities without fear of assault and violence, Rep. Waters seems to be violation of House rules…
Judicial Watch sent a hand-delivered letter to the chairman and co-chairman of the House Office of Congressional Ethics Monday calling for an investigation into whether Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) violated House ethics rules by encouraging violence against Trump administration Cabinet members.
Rep. Maxine Waters addressed a rally in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 23, telling a crowd:
“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 that they are not welcome, anymore, anywhere.”advertisement - story continues below
In today’s letter to the Office of Congressional Ethics co-chairman, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton writes:
In encouraging individuals to create “crowds” who will “push back” on President Trump’s Cabinet members at private business establishments and in seemingly trying to prevent these Cabinet officials from obtaining basic necessities without fear of assault and violence, Rep. Waters seems to be violation of House rules, specifically:
A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House shall conduct himself at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House. [House Rule 23, clause 1.]
We hereby request that the Office of Congressional Ethics conduct a preliminary investigation into whether Rep. Maxine Waters violated House Rules in encouraging attacks on Cabinet officials.
“Rep. Maxine Waters incited violence and assault against members of President Trump’s Cabinet,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “It is urgent that the House ethics quickly act to hold her accountable for this dangerous incitement.”