Democrat California Rep. Maxine Waters walked back comments she made back at a rally in 2018 that encouraged supporters to harass members of the Trump administration during an interview with MCNBC’s Ali Velshi.

Waters was asked if she ever “glorified or encouraged” violence against Republicans after being shown a clip of her comments at the rally.

“As a matter of fact, if you look at the words that I used, the strongest thing I said was tell them they’re not welcome,” Waters claimed. “Talk to them. Tell them they’re not welcome. I didn’t say go and fight. I didn’t say anybody was going to have any violence. And so they can’t make that stick.”

Waters told MSNBC back in 2018 that she had “no sympathy” for Trump administration officials who defended Trump’s immigration policies and urged her supporters to “absolutely harass them” in public spaces.

“They’re not going to be able to go to a restaurant, they’re not going to be able to stop at a gas station, they’re not going to be able to shop at a department store,” Waters said. “The people are going to turn on them, they’re going to protest, they’re going to absolutely harass them.”

These comments came after former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders were harassed in public.

Rather than apologizing for her statements, Waters continued attacking Trump during her interview with Ali Velshi.



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