Maxine Waters Has Three Powerful Words In Response To Being The Target Of Bomb Threats

Suspicious packages were sent to the congresswoman.

In the midst of bomb scares targeting several public figures this week, Rep. Maxine Waters is speaking out against President Donald Trump's violent rhetoric and making it clear that such threats won't intimidate her. 

According to CNN, two suspicious packages sent to Waters were intercepted on Wednesday, the first at a congressional mail sorting facility outside of Washington, D.C., and the other at a postal facility in Los Angeles. Similar packages believed to contain explosive devices were sent to other prominent Democrats, including the Obamas and Clintons, as well as CNN and philanthropist George Soros.

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Maxine Waters spoke to Blavity about the packages, emphasizing that these incidents should not stop people from "advocating and protesting for justice." She added in the video, "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, whatever. We have to keep doing what we're doing in order to make this country right. That's what I intend to do."

The congresswoman, who popularized the phrase "reclaiming my time" last year, went on to share three more powerful words: "As the young people say, 'I ain't scared.' "

Waters also took the time to call out President Donald Trump for the violent rhetoric he has shared with his base, including comments during the 2016 campaign about people being carried out of rallies on stretchers, and promises to pay legal fees for supporters who "knock the hell" out of protesters.

"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 told Blavity of Trump's comments. "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 that they are acting out what they believe the president wants them to do, and the way that he wants them to act."

She also pointed out that Trump recently praised Rep. Greg Gianforte for body slamming a reporter who asked him a question during his campaign for Congress last year. Trump said of Gianforte, who pleaded guilty to assaulting Ben Jacobs, "Any guy that can do a body slam — he's my guy." The crowd at a rally in Montana applauded the comment.

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