California Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who was forced to cancel a pair of public events this weekend after she received a “very serious death threat,” fired back at supporters of President Trump who have sent her threatening messages.
“I know 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 said during a speech at the “Families Belong Together” march in Los Angeles on Saturday.
“All I have to say is this: if you shoot me you better shoot straight, there’s nothing like a wounded animal,” Waters warned.
Waters on Friday said in a statement that she had seen a recent increase in threats after she called for protestors to publicly confront Trump administration officials.
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 canceled 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.