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Maxine Waters warns supporters not to counterprotest armed rallies against her

Maxine Waters warns supporters not to counterprotest armed rallies against her

Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersTwo Minnesota Republicans report attacks Noisy democracy, or rude people behaving like children? Kavanaugh fight a GOP wake up call, but more is needed MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday urged her supporters not to counterrally against upcoming armed protests against her. 

She said the Oath Keepers, a far-right group associated with militia movements, are planning several weeks of protests against her, which are slated to start on Thursday. The Southern Poverty Law Center has described the group as a "fiercely anti-government, militaristic group" who often stage heavily-armed protests. 

Some Waters supporters are reportedly planning counterprotests at the same time and place, but Waters said this would only "exacerbate" the tension.

"I am requesting those individuals and groups planning a counterprotest to not be baited into confronting the Oath Keepers with any demonstrations in opposition," Waters said, according to ABC News. "Such an occurrence would only exacerbate tensions and increase the potential for conflict."

Waters last month drew criticism for her calls to confront Trump administration officials in public, with several conservatives claiming her statement amounted to a call for violence.

"I have no sympathy for these people that are in this administration who know it is wrong, what they're doing, on so many fronts, but they tend to not want to confront this president," Waters said at a Los Angeles rally in June.

“For these members of his Cabinet who remain and try to defend him ... The people are going to turn on them; they're going to protest," she added. 

Waters later said she was calling for peaceful protest, but the Oath Keepers issued a "call to action" against Waters for her "incitement of terrorism."

"The Oath Keepers would like nothing more than to inflame racial tensions and create an explosive conflict in our community," Waters said. 

She said police officers will stay close to her on Thursday "to ensure safety and security." 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE has repeatedly slammed Waters, who has long called for his impeachment. He frequently calls her the new leader of the Democratic Party and refers to her as a "low-IQ individual."