Maxine Waters cancels events over 'very serious death threat'

Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersDems concerned impeachment will make Trump 'appear like a victim,' says pollster Trump calls Biden 'low I.Q. individual' after verbal slip On The Money: Senate rejects border declaration in rebuke to Trump | Dems press Mnuchin on Trump tax returns | Waters says Wells Fargo should fire its CEO MORE (D-Calif.) has canceled a pair of public events after she received a “very serious death threat,” CNN reported Thursday.

The congresswoman said in a statement that she had seen an increase in threats after she called for protestors to publicly confront Trump administration officials.

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"As the President has continued to lie and falsely claim that I encouraged people to assault his supporters, while also offering a veiled threat that I should 'be careful', even more individuals are leaving (threatening) messages and sending hostile mail to my office," Waters said in the statement, according to CNN.

She said there was "one very serious death threat" made against her on Monday from a person in Texas, "which is why my planned speaking engagements in Texas and Alabama were cancelled this weekend."

"This is just one in several very serious threats the United States Capitol Police are investigating in which individuals threatened to shoot, lynch, or cause me serious bodily harm," Waters said.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Capitol Police told The Hill that it does not comment on ongoing investigations.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification MORE publicly criticized Waters during campaign rallies this week, and inaccurately claimed in a tweet on Monday that Waters called for harm to his supporters.

The Democrat said that she did not call for harm to Trump’s supporters or officials and that she believes in “peaceful protest.”

"For these members of his Cabinet who remain and try to defend him, they're not going to be able to go to a restaurant, they're not going to be able to stop at a gas station, they're not going to be able to shop at a department store, the people are going to turn on them, they're going to protest, they're going to absolutely harass them until they decide that they're going to tell the president, 'No I can't hang with you, this is wrong, this is unconscionable, and we can't keep doing this to children,' " Waters said on Saturday.

Top lawmakers from both parties criticized Waters’s comments, including House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiHistory teaches that Nancy Pelosi is right about impeachment The politics and practicalities of impeachment The Hill's Morning Report - Dems contemplate big election and court reforms MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP rep to introduce constitutional amendment to limit Supreme Court seats to 9 Why we need to build gateway now Campaign to draft Democratic challenger to McConnell starts raising funds MORE (D-N.Y.).

Waters called for the public confrontations after two Trump officials were confronted in public places. Protestors targeted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenThe Hill's Morning Report - Dems contemplate big election and court reforms Hillicon Valley: Social media faces scrutiny after New Zealand attacks | YouTube removed 'tens of thousands' of shooting videos | DHS chief warns of state-backed cyber threats | House Dems plan April vote on net neutrality Nielsen warns US 'not prepared' for foreign cyberattacks MORE during her dinner at a Washington, D.C., restaurant, and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant.

Those incidents took place as the Trump administration faced backlash over the since-ended policy separating undocumented immigrant families at the border.