Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) was forced to cancel a pair of public events this weekend after she received a “very serious death threat,” CNN reported Thursday.
The congresswoman said in a statement that she had seen a recent increase in threats after she called for protestors to publicly confront Trump administration officials.
“As the President has continued to lie and falsely claim that I encouraged people to assault his supporters, while also offering a veiled threat that I should ‘be careful’, even more individuals are leaving (threatening) messages and sending hostile mail to my office,” Waters said in the statement.
Waters said she received “one very serious death threat” made against her on Monday from a person in Texas, “which is why my planned speaking engagements in Texas and Alabama were cancelled this weekend.”
“This is just one in several very serious threats the United States Capitol Police are investigating in which individuals threatened to shoot, lynch, or cause me serious bodily harm,” Waters said.
Trump publicly lashed out at the congresswoman during campaign rallies this week and falsely claimed in a tweet on Monday that Waters called for harm to his supporters.
Waters insisted that she did not call for harm to Trump’s supporters or officials and that she believes in “peaceful protest.”
“For these members of his Cabinet who remain and try to defend him they’re not going to be able to go to a restaurant, they’re not going to be able to stop at a gas station, they’re not going to be able to shop at a department store, the people are going to turn on them, they’re going to protest, they’re going to absolutely harass them until they decide that they’re going to tell the president ‘no I can’t hang with you, this is wrong this is unconscionable and we can’t keep doing this to children,’ ” Waters said on Saturday.