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

Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersThe Year Ahead: Tough tests loom for Trump trade agenda K Street works to court minority lawmakers Black Caucus huddles as talk of term limits heats up MORE (D-Calif.) called President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll The Memo: Cohen fans flames around Trump Memo Comey used to brief Trump on dossier released: report 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 KavanaughChief justice of California Supreme Court leaves GOP over Kavanaugh confirmation Doug Jones: Carmakers 'scared to death' over Trump tariffs McCaskill: 'Kavanaugh spectacle' made the difference in midterm loss 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. 

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"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 McConnellTrump touts ruling against ObamaCare: ‘Mitch and Nancy’ should pass new health-care law Federal judge in Texas strikes down ObamaCare Ocasio-Cortez: By Lindsey Graham's 1999 standard for Clinton, Trump should be impeached 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."