Maxine Waters On Death Threats: ‘If You Shoot Me You Better Shoot Straight’

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Rep. Maxine Waters responded Saturday to a death threat that caused her to cancel scheduled appearances in Texas and Alabama, saying, “if you shoot me you better shoot straight, there’s nothing like a wounded animal.”

“And I know that there are those who are talking about censuring me, talking about kicking me out of Congress, talking about shooting me, talking about hanging me,” Waters said during an immigration rally. “All I have to say is this, if you shoot me you better shoot straight, there’s nothing like a wounded animal. I am prepared to make whatever sacrifices need to be made. I am not about to let this country go the way of Donald Trump.”

Then the California congresswoman made yet another call to “Impeach 45!”


Waters has drawn controversy of late for her calls for Trump administration officials to be publicly harassed.

“If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” she said at a rally last weekend. (RELATED: GOP Lawmakers Introduce Censure Measure, Call On Maxine Waters To Resign)

In a statement obtained by CNN, Waters told of a “very serious death threat” made against her on Monday that caused her to cancel two speaking engagements.

“As the President has continued to lie and falsely claim that I encouraged people to assault his supporters, while also offering a veiled threat that I should ‘be careful’, even more individuals are leaving (threatening) messages and sending hostile mail to my office,” the statement read. “There was one very serious death threat made against me on Monday from an individual in Texas which is why my planned speaking engagements in Texas and Alabama were canceled this weekend … This is just one in several very serious threats the United States Capitol Police are investigating in which individuals threatened to shoot, lynch, or cause me serious bodily harm.”

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