The Oath Keepers group bailed on their plans to demonstrate outside U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters’ field office, but that didn’t keep her supporters from showing up and burning an American flag.
“You’re not going to intimidate our queen, Maxine,” the protesters can be heard chanting in the KCBS-TV video.
Dozens of Waters’ supporters turned out Thursday afternoon to counter-protest against the Oath Keepers who had planned an armed demonstration outside the lawmaker’s South Los Angeles office, KCBS reported.
The Oath Keepers had planned an armed demonstration to protest against the Waters who they called a “terrorist inciter” in a tweet, pointing to comments the liberal firebrand made at a rally last month.
Oath Keepers CALL to ACTION: Protest Terrorist Inciter Maxine Waters, Thursday,, July 19. OATH KEEPERS, STAND AGAINST TERRORISM, STAND FOR FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND ASSOCIATION, IN SUPPORT OF ICE/BORDER PATROL AS THEY ENFORCE CONSTITUTIONAL IMMIGRATION LAWS. https://t.co/0KCTcEZuyi pic.twitter.com/o9YsJX75pq
— Oath Keepers (@Oathkeepers) July 17, 2018
The group notified police just before 2 p.m. that their protest was canceled. No one was injured or arrested at the demonstration.
The protesters, some armed with baseball bats and metal objects, claimed they were there to protect Waters and show their support for her.
“She is the queen of Los Angeles if you don’t believe me ask anyone,” one protester told KCBS.
One group, chanting “black power,” stopped a pickup truck as it approached the protesters, according to CBS News.
Some of the demonstrators opened the vehicle’s door, which appeared to be occupied by two men, and grabbed the flag that was being flown on a pole in the truck’s bed.
The men in the pickup sped off.
Protesters stomped on the flag and set it on fire, while someone else stoked the flames.
“This is not the American flag, this is their flag,” some cheered.
“F*** the government, America was never great,” others yelled, according to KCBS.
What did Waters say last month?
Waters has denied that she incited violence against Trump administration officials.
“If you see anybody in a cabinet from in a rest in a department store at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd, and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome,” Waters said last month during a toy drive.
After hearing that Oath Keepers had planned to protest outside her office Thursday, Waters shared a statement on Twitter that called for counter-protesters “to not be baited into confronting” the group “with any demonstrations in opposition — such an occurrence would only exacerbate tensions and increase the potential for violence.
“The Oath Keepers would like nothing more than to inflame racial tensions and create explosive conflict in our community… In order to ensure the peace and security of our community, it is best and preferable if no other demonstrations are scheduled.”
Please read my statement on the Oath Keepers' planned protest at my district office tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/1ZALWLaZJS
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) July 19, 2018
What did Waters say Thursday?
Maxine Waters’ office was locked and she didn’t respond to CBS News’ request for comment about the protest that took place Thursday afternoon.