Maxine Waters: President Trump is 'setting some of us up to be killed'

Maxine Waters: President Trump is 'setting some of us up to be killed'
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Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersPowell, Mnuchin stress limits of current emergency lending programs Pelosi: House will stay in session until agreement is reached on coronavirus relief Omar invokes father's death from coronavirus in reaction to Woodward book MORE (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE’s continued attacks on lawmakers and others are “setting some of us to be killed.”

“I have death threats constantly,” Waters told MSNBC’s Ali Velshi. “There are a number of people who have been convicted for threatening to kill me. And when he does that, he’s dog-whistling to the white supremacists, the [Ku Klux Klan] KKK and the dangerous people.”

Waters, one of the earliest supporters of impeachment, said she can no longer “go to the grocery store anymore by myself” and that she has to “pay for security all the time.”

“He shouldn’t be going after anybody,” she said. “He’s the president of the United States of America.”

Waters’s comments came as Trump has continued to attack an anonymous whistleblower whose complaint that said Trump urged Ukraine’s president to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Joe Biden should enact critical government reforms if he wins MORE and his son has since become the center of House Democrats’ formal impeachment inquiry against him.

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Trump has even demanded to “interview & learn everything about the whistleblower” despite the existence of whistleblower protection laws that allow individuals’ identities to remain confidential.

“The whistleblower is protected by law,” Waters said Wednesday. “And he should not be talking about wanting to interview them. If he knew anything about law, he wouldn't be so ignorant as to think that somehow anybody's going to allow him to interview a whistleblower.”

Waters, one of the first Democratic lawmakers to call for Trump’s impeachment, reiterated Tuesday that the president should be impeached but ramped up her comments: “He needs to be imprisoned & placed in solitary confinement. But for now, impeachment is the imperative.”