'The President Calls for More Violence than Anyone Else': Maxine Waters Fires Back After Trump's False Attacks
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) faced a swell of outrage Monday after she supported recent protests of members of President Donald Trump's administration, but as she made clear on MSNBC Monday night, she is not backing down.
She did, however, make clear that she is not calling of violence, despite Trump's false assertion that she endorsed "harm" against his supporters.
"I did not call for harm for anybody," Waters told Chris Hayes Monday night. "The President lied again."
Indeed, in her much-discussed comments, she was explicit that she was calling for protests and did not use any violent language. She did say that protesters should "push back" against administration officials, but this is a common phrase that often refers to nothing more than voiced opposition.
"As a matter of fact, I believe in peaceful protest. I believe that protest is at the centerpiece of our democracy. I believe that the Constitution guarantees us freedom of speech. And I think that protest is civil," she told Hayes Monday. "I don't know why the president chose to stretch that out and tried to imply that I was calling for harm. In fact, the president calls for more violence than anybody else."
Watch the clip below:
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