Maxine Waters: Trump is ‘poster boy for what a mob protester looks like’

Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersDemocrats are running out of stunts to pull from impeachment playbook Maxine Waters: Trump 'has done everything that one could even think of to be eligible for impeachment' Maxine Waters: Parts of Trump immigration plan are 'very racist' MORE (D-Calif.) called President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE the "poster boy for what a mob protester looks like" after the president and other GOP leaders compared protests last week to a form of "mob rule." 

Waters made the remarks during a Tuesday night appearance on MSNBC's "All In With Chris Hayes," accusing Trump of being "violent in his speech" and arguing that things he has said are far worse than the activities of those protesting Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughSupreme Court sides with Native American hunter as Gorsuch joins liberals Clash with Trump marks latest break with GOP leaders for Justin Amash ACLU, Women's March to hold nationwide protests over abortion bans MORE's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

She read off his comments from a February 2016 campaign rally, at which he encouraged his supporters to "punch" a protester "in the face," in making her point. 


"That’s the kind of talk that he has done," Waters said. "That’s violent talk. We don’t have that kind of talk who has come from the women who are protesting." 

Progressive and women's groups last week organized protests against Kavanaugh that were attended by thousands. Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate after a bruising battle dominated by sexual misconduct allegations against him that he vehemently denied. '

The groups at one point flooded the Senate Hart Building, resulting in more than 300 arrests by Capitol Hill.

They engaged in multiple protest tactics, including confronting lawmakers on Capitol Hill and in public spaces, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — McConnell, Kaine offer bill to raise tobacco buying age to 21 | Measles outbreak spreads to 24 states | Pro-ObamaCare group launches ad blitz to protect Dems MORE compared to "assault." 

McConnell and other Republicans have moved on by arguing that Democrats are being ruled by a liberal mob that should not be given majorities in the House and Senate. It's an attempt to rev up their own base ahead of the midterm elections.

"I think it’s absolutely ridiculous and it is not believable," Waters said of McConnell's and the president's comments. "We cannot allow Donald Trump and anybody else to take protest away from us and to deem it to be violent and to try and make us look like a mob."

She said the country was built on "peaceful protest."

"As a matter of fact, this country is past due for the kind of protest that we have seen women do in the last few days as we have gone through the information process of Kavanaugh," Waters said. "It is time for women to say, 'We are tired of being disrespected.'"

"This sexual assault that so many have gotten away with for so long is over," she added. "The Me Too movement has gotten us started, the marches that we’ve been doing. We’re not going to back down. You’re not going to intimidate us, you’re not gonna frighten us." 

Waters is one of Trump's harshest critics in the House and has previously called for his impeachment. 

Trump frequently hits Waters at public events, calling her the new "leader of the Democratic party" and claiming she has a "low IQ."