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Trump stokes feud with Waters at North Dakota rally

President TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech MORE on Wednesday slammed Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore Waters10 Democrats join NAACP lawsuit against Trump Congress must help find a faster solution to pay 10 Million past due rents Biden faces decision time on eviction moratorium 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 CramerBiden administration faces big decision on whether to wade into Dakota Access fight OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to Obama marine monument designation | Interior reverses course on tribal ownership of portion of Missouri river | White House climate adviser meets with oil and gas companies Senate GOP pushes back on list of participants in oil and gas leasing forum MORE (R-N.D.), who is running against vulnerable incumbent Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampBill Maher blasts removal of journalist at Teen Vogue Centrist Democrats pose major problem for progressives Harrison seen as front-runner to take over DNC at crucial moment 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.