Rep. Maxine Waters is now the target of vicious threats on her life after President Donald Trump targeted her online following her speech to supporters urging them to confront members of his administration over his racist policies.
Waters cancelled several speaking engagements—one in Texas and one in Alabama—after a “very serious death threat” was made against her.
“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 the statement in the Washington Post..
At a rally earlier this week, Waters urged her supporters:
“Let’s make sure we show up, wherever we have to show up,” she told attendees in Los Angeles.
“If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you cause a crowd, and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome—anymore, anywhere—we’ve got to get the children connected to their parents, the children are suffering.”
This happened recently to Sarah Sanders when the Press Secretary and her husband were kicked out of Virginia Restaurant, the Red Hen, and told they were not welcomed to eat there.
President Trump took to Twitter to take an unprecedented and unpresidential swipe at Waters.
“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!”
Since then, concern for Waters safety increased.
Karen Camper, president of the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women, said Waters cancelled her appearance amid safety concerns.
Waters said the numerous threats intend “to shoot, lynch, or cause me serious bodily harm.”
Not only is Capitol Hill on heightened alert, but news agencies are as well after a gunman shot up an Annapolis, Maryland newsroom killing five people.
Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, stormed into Maryland’s Capital Gazette newsroom armed with a shotgun and smoke grenades attacking and targeting the journalists he blamed for exposing his harassment against a woman.
Fox News host Sean Hannity has made matters worse for Waters by blaming her for the attack.
“I’ve been saying now for days that something horrible was going to happen because of the rhetoric,” he said. “Really, Maxine?”