Maxine Waters reads list of times Trump has called for violence
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) on Monday responded to President Trump’s claim that she called for violence against his supporters by reading a list of times that Trump has used violent rhetoric.
Waters appeared on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes” after she said Trump misinterpreted her call on Saturday for protesters to confront Trump administration officials in public.
“He calls for more violence than anybody else,” the California lawmaker said.
She held up a piece of paper to read from a list of times Trump has spoken of violence.
“Listen to some of his statements during his campaign and since he’s been president,” Waters said.
“’I’d like to punch him in the face,'” Waters recalled.
“Another violent statement — ‘I’d like to knock the crap out of them,’” Waters quoted.
“Another one — ‘Maybe he should be roughed up,’” Waters recalled.
Waters also pointed to the time when someone was removed from a May 2017 Trump rally in Massachusetts.
“Try not to hurt him but if you do, I’ll defend you in court. Don’t worry about it,” Trump said.
“If that’s not creating violence and supporting violence, what is?” Waters added. “I’ve said nothing like that.”
The Democrat again disputed that she had told her supporters to physical harm Trump supporters.
“Trump is the one who is creating lies, trying to have people believe that I talked about harming people. There’s nowhere in my statement any time, any place that we talked about harm,” she said earlier Monday.
“Protest is about peaceful resistance to the kind of actions that we are experiencing from this president,” she added.
Trump attacked Waters on Monday, calling her “low IQ” and insinuating that she will face harassment for her remarks.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an extraordinarily low IQ person, has become, together with Nancy Pelosi, the Face of the Democrat Party. She has just called for harm to supporters, of which there are many, of the Make America Great Again movement. Be careful what you wish for Max!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2018