Maxine Waters responds to mailed bombs: 'I ain’t scared'

Democratic Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersOn The Money: Trump signs short-term spending bill to avoid shutdown | Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 | California high court strikes down law targeting Trump tax returns Harris, Waters release 0 billion affordable housing bill Congress extends flood insurance program for 13th time since 2017 MORE (Calif.) said in a new interview that she “ain’t scared” after being targeted by two packages containing pipe bombs.

"We have to keep to doing what we’re doing in order to make this country right; that’s what I intend to do, and as the young people say, 'I ain’t scared,’” Waters told Blavity.

The California Democrat also called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates MORE to “take responsibility for the kind of violence that we are seeing for the first time in different ways,” in the wake of multiple explosive devices sent to prominent Democrats. 

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"I think the president of United States should take responsibility for the kind of violence that we are seeing for the first time in different ways," Waters said. "I think the president of the United States has been dog-whistling to his constituency, making them believe that their problems are caused by those people over there."

“And I think they are acting in a way that they think the president wants them to do and the way he wants them to act,” Waters continued, before adding that Trump “in his own way really does promote a lot of violence.”

"I don’t know whether the bombs are real or not, but we should not crawl under the bed, close the doors, not go out, be afraid to go to rallies," Water said.

"We must not be intimidated to the point that we stop advocating and protesting for justice," the congresswoman added. 

Waters's remarks come less than a day after authorities intercepted a suspicious package at a facility in Maryland addressed to her and another in a Los Angeles mail facility. 

Similar packages were intended for Bill and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic strategist laments 'low bar' for Biden debate performance Wasserman Schultz makes bid for House Appropriations Committee gavel Trump to hold campaign rally in Pennsylvania next month MORE at their New York residence and former President Obama in Washington, D.C.

The Secret Service said in a statement Wednesday that it had found “potential explosive devices” in mail directed to both Clinton and Obama’s residences. 

The agency said Obama and Clinton "did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them.” 

Each of those targeted have been criticized repeatedly by Trump, who condemned the attempted attacks as “abhorrent” during remarks from the White House East Room on Wednesday afternoon.

“We are extremely angry, upset, unhappy about what we witnessed this morning, and we will get to the bottom of it,” he said. 

A pipe bomb was also sent to CNN, a frequent target of the president.