Democrat Congresswoman Maxine Waters has reportedly canceled her upcoming public speaking events due to a credible death threat.
After Waters’ own calls for people to publicly harass Trump administration officials, she said in a statement that she began receiving the hate mail.
One of these threats cautioned the California Democrat to “be careful,” others included threatening or otherwise hostile remarks and one message was a “very serious death threat.”
“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, as the Hill reports.
The congresswoman said some people directly threaten to harm her, which included shooting or lynching.
“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 added.
The threatening messages followed Waters’ call for people to harass Trump administration officials whenever they are seen in public – the comments were widely criticized.
After initially perceived by people as calls to encourage violence, Waters clarified that the calls were for peaceful protests.
Per the Hill:
President Trump publicly criticized Waters during campaign rallies this week, and inaccurately claimed in a tweet on Monday that Waters called for harm to his supporters.
The Democrat said 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.
Top lawmakers from both parties criticized Waters’s comments, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).
Over the past couple days, protestors have engaged with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at a restaurant in Washington, D.C. and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was refused service at a Virginia restaurant.
A group of protestors also yelled at Stephen Miller, an advisor to Trump. In another incident, a decapitated and burned animal carcass was found on a Department of Homeland Security official’s porch.
Most recently, authorities have arrested a 33-year-old man in Los Angeles and have charged him for threatening to kill family members of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai.
In a series of emails, Markara Man, threatened to murder Pai’s children over the Trump administration official’s connection to net neutrality.
Prosecutors say Man sent three emails to Pai in December 2017, the month the Republican-led FCC voted to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality rules.
One of the emails, sent Dec. 20, to Pai’s government and personal accounts had the subject line “Cheers.” The body of the email listed the names and addresses of three preschools in and around Arlington, Va., where Pai lives, followed by, “I will find your children and I will kill them,” according to the affidavit against Man.
The FBI traced the emails to Man’s home and confronted him in May 2018. Man acknowledged sending the email that threatened Pai’s family, and said he used the address “[email protected]” to hide who he was and because he thought the handle sounded “tougher,” the affidavit said.
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