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 WatersBiden administration defends handling of Haitians amid uproar DHS suspends horse patrols but ramps up Haiti repatriation flights Maxine Waters: What we witnessed with Haitian migrants takes us back hundreds of years MORE (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe 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 BidenTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe House passes sweeping defense policy bill 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.”