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Maxine Waters Triples Down: Trump ‘Calls for More Violence Than Anybody Else’

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) made no apologies on Monday night when she spoke to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes about her controversial call for people to harass President Donald Trump and the people close to him whenever they appear in public.

Waters repeated what she said earlier today — insisting she did not call for harm or for mob intimidation and that Trump is lying by characterizing it as such. As Waters said that “civil protests” are protected under freedom of speech, the House member argued that “the president calls for more violence than anybody else,” and maintained that the current discussion is a distraction from the migrant crisis on the border.

Hayes proceeded to ask Waters about the criticism she’s received from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and other high-profile Democrats. Waters claims she wasn’t bothered, saying “what they do is try to find a way talk that about civility without attacking me or anybody else as the leader of the Democratic Party.”

By and large though, Waters kept up the attack on Trump:

“This president will try to do everything to divert attention. He calls me names. He calls everybody names. As a matter of fact we expect that from him. We have come too close to normalizing this president. Listen to some of his statements during his campaign and since he has been president. His violence statements are, I quote, I’d like to punch him in the face. Another violent statement, knock the crap out of them. Another one, maybe he should have been roughed up. And then he goes on to say, try not to hurt him, but if you do, I’ll defend you in court. Don’t worry about it. Now, if that’s not creating violence and supporting violence, what is? I’ve said nothing about that. I’ve talked about peaceful protests.”

When Hayes double-checked that Waters didn’t approve of Trump’s statements and wasn’t calling for violence herself, she tripled down on her critique of the president.

“I would not in any way support any violence, anybody being hit or beaten or then say to them ‘I’ll have to get you out of jail.’ This president is guilty of all of that,” Waters said. “Don’t forget that they created some of the most violent protests that we’ve ever seen led by a president of the united States of America.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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