Maxine Waters responds to criticism over call to publicly harass Trump Cabinet: ‘Shoot straight’

Maxine Waters responds to criticism over call to publicly harass Trump Cabinet: ‘Shoot straight’
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) responded on Saturday to criticism over her calls to publicly harass the President Trump's Cabinet. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Families Belong Together LA)

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who called for the public harassment of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, has responded to the “very serious” threats directed at her last week as a direct result of her controversial comments.

And she’s not backing down.

What did she say?

Waters was forced to cancel events in Texas and Alabama last week after receiving one “very serious” death threat, she revealed on Thursday. The California Democrat said the Capitol Police were investigating the threats against her.

But on Saturday, Waters appeared to welcome the threats and used them as motivation to fire up the anti-Trump crowd.

“I know that 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.

“All I have to say is this: If you shoot me, you’d better shoot straight. There’s nothing like a wounded animal. I am prepared to make whatever sacrifices need to be made,” she added. “I have no fear. I’m in this fight.”

Waters comments come after she was widely condemned, even by congressional leaders in her own party, for her comments last weekend.

During her speech at the “Families Belong Together” rally in LA, Waters tore into Trump with her normal divisive rhetoric, including blaming him for U.S. immigration problems and telling the crowd he must be impeached.