WATCH: Maxine Waters Slams Schumer After He Denounces Calls to Harass Trump Officials
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WATCH: Maxine Waters Slams Schumer After He Denounces Calls to Harass Trump Officials

On Sunday, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) defended herself amid criticism of her controversial call for people to harass members of President Donald Trump’s administration.

After her comments, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) derided her comments as “unacceptable”:

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) similarly denounced calls for harassment as “not American.”

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While appearing on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” Waters said she was “surprised” by Schumer’s comments and accused Democratic leaders of doing “anything” in order to protect their power.

“One of the things I recognize, being an elected official, is in the final analysis, you know, leadership like Chuck Schumer’s will do anything that they think is necessary to protect their leadership,” Waters said.

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Waters’ response came amid a broader discussion about civility in politics. Comedian Michelle Wolf, who insulted White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders earlier this year, said Waters’ call didn’t go far enough and that people should make their harassment intensely personal.

Waters’ initial comments followed incidents in which a restaurant asked Sanders to leave and a crowd heckled Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen over their respective support of the administration.

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