Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.) warned on Wednesday that President Trump’s frequent attacks are “setting some of us up to be killed” as she and other lawmakers face “death threats constantly.”
“I have death threats constantly,” Waters told MSNBC’s Ali Velshi. “There are a number of people who have been convicted for threatening to kill me. And when he does that, he’s dog-whistling to the white supremacists, the [Ku Klux Klan] KKK and the dangerous people.”
Waters said she can no longer “go to the grocery store anymore by myself” and that she has to “pay for security all the time.”
“He shouldn’t be going after anybody,” she said. “He’s the president of the United States of America.”
.@RepMaxineWaters on Trump threatening the whistleblower: “He is setting some of us up to be killed. I have death threats constantly. There are a number of people who have been convicted for threatening to kill me.” pic.twitter.com/0uJVhPTiaK
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) October 2, 2019
Trump on Thursday decried his 2020 foes as “maniacs” and the impeachment inquiry as “crap” on Thursday, departing from a speech on health care to rip into his political opponents.
The president late last month referred to reporters as “scum” and “animals” during a private event at the Intercontinental Hotel in New York.
A nationwide review conducted by ABC News in August identified at least 36 criminal cases where Trump was invoked in direct connection with violent acts, threats of violence or allegations of assault.
According to the ABC News report:
In nine cases, perpetrators hailed Trump in the midst or immediate aftermath of physically attacking innocent victims. In another 10 cases, perpetrators cheered or defended Trump while taunting or threatening others. And in another 10 cases, Trump and his rhetoric were cited in court to explain a defendant’s violent or threatening behavior.
Seven cases involved violent or threatening acts perpetrated in defiance of Trump, with many of them targeting Trump’s allies in Congress. But the vast majority of the cases — 29 of the 36 — reflect someone echoing presidential rhetoric, not protesting it.
ABC News could not find a single criminal case filed in federal or state court where an act of violence or threat was made in the name of President Barack Obama or President George W. Bush.
Waters on Tuesday said that Trump “needs to be imprisoned & placed in solitary confinement. But for now, impeachment is the imperative.”