Maxine Waters: Trump Is Lying Again

She says she didn't call for the harm of anybody
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2018 1:38 AM CDT
Waters: 'I Have Not Called for the Harm of Anybody'
Rep. Maxine Waters speaks at the 2018 California Democrats State Convention earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Rep. Maxine Waters fired back at President Trump on on Monday, saying the president "lied again" when he claimed she called for harm to his supporters. Waters said that when she called for the public to confront members of the Trump administration, she was calling for peaceful protests, CNN reports. "I believe in peaceful, very peaceful protests," the Democrat said. "I have not called for the harm of anybody." In a tweet earlier Monday, Trump slammed Waters as an "extraordinarily low IQ person" and told her to be careful what she wished for. She was more gently admonished by leading Democrats, with Nancy Pelosi calling for people to act in a way that promotes unity and Chuck Schumer saying it was wrong to call for the "harassment of political opponents."

Waters said her remarks at a rally in California on Saturday came from anger at the policy of separating families at the border, the Hill reports. She said fellow Democrats had been talking about civility, not directly criticizing her. "Don't put this on Nancy Pelosi," Waters said. "Put it on Trump. Trump is the one who's creating lies, trying to have people believe that I talked about harming people. There is nowhere in my statement—any time, any place—that I talked about harm." She added: "Protest is civility. Protest is about peaceful resistance to the kind of actions that we are experiencing." (On Monday, Trump also strongly criticized the "filthy" Virginia restaurant that refused to serve White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.)

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