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Trump stokes feud with Waters at North Dakota rally

President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE on Wednesday slammed Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersLawmakers, Martin Luther King III discuss federal responses to systematic racism The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Ahead: One-shot vax, easing restrictions, fiscal help Hillicon Valley: Biden signs order on chips | Hearing on media misinformation | Facebook's deal with Australia | CIA nominee on SolarWinds MORE (D-Calif.) during a rally in North Dakota, furthering his feud with the California Democrat after she called for protests against Trump officials.

Trump headlined an event in Fargo, N.D., to rally support for Rep. Kevin CramerKevin John CramerOn The Money: Manhattan DA obtains Trump tax returns | Biden nominee previews post-Trump trade agenda | Biden faces first setback as Tanden teeters OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate confirms former Michigan governor Granholm as Energy secretary | GOP bill would codify Trump rule on financing for fossil fuels, guns | Kennedy apologizes for calling Haaland a 'whack job' GOP bill would codify Trump rule on financing for fossil fuels, guns MORE (R-N.D.), who is running against vulnerable incumbent Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampCentrist Democrats pose major problem for progressives Harrison seen as front-runner to take over DNC at crucial moment Biden to tap Vilsack for Agriculture secretary: reports MORE (D-N.D.) in November. A few minutes into his remarks, Trump hit Heitkamp for supporting Democratic leadership. 

“When Heidi ran for office, she promised to be an independent vote for the people of North Dakota. Instead she immediately joined Chuck [Schumer (D-N.Y.)] and Nancy [Pelosi (D-Calif.)],” Trump said.

“And now they have a new leader. Who’s the leader?” Trump asked the crowd. “Maxine Waters is their new one.” 

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Waters sparked controversy over the weekend when she encouraged supporters to confront Trump administration officials in public spaces.

Her comments followed a week in which a restaurant owner refused to serve White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and protesters confronted Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenLeft-leaning group to track which companies hire former top Trump aides Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' House Republican condemns anti-Trump celebrities during impeachment hearing MORE and White House adviser Stephen Miller in separate instances while they dined at Mexican restaurants. 

Waters later defended her comments, saying she believes in peaceful protest and noting that Trump has made more explicit threats against his opponents. 

Democrats have largely distanced themselves from Waters's remarks, saying harassing political opponents is unacceptable.

Trump and Republicans have seized on the comments, arguing that they show Democrats are hypocritical and intolerant.

The president continued to stoke that sentiment Wednesday, saying at the rally that any vote for a Democrat in the November midterms serves as a vote for Waters, Pelosi and Schumer.

“Maxine. She is a beauty,” Trump said. “I mean, she practically was telling people the other day to assault — can you imagine if I said the things she said?"

“Horrible what she said. Now they want to censure her,” he said, referencing a measure introduced by a Republican lawmaker.

“Let’s see where that goes, folks,” Trump added.