WASHINGTON, DC — Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) appeared on MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” show on Tuesday promoting conspiracy theories and saying that former President Donald Trump should “absolutely be charged with premeditated murder” for inciting the Jan. 6 riot at Capitol Hill.
When Joy Reid asked Waters to describe her experience of being in the Capitol building as it was invaded, the congresswoman said she identified with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY):
Maxine Waters wants Donald Trump charged with premeditated murder for Capitol riot… https://t.co/RmL8BzvaT9— Trish Regan (@trish_regan) February 4, 2021
“Thank you so much Joy. As I listen to AOC [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez], my heart went out to her because I know what she was experiencing, and particularly when she connected with the trauma that she had experienced when she was sexually abused.
To survivors of any trauma who worry about being believed, or that their situation wasn’t “bad” enough or “too” bad, or fear being branded or deemed “manipulative” for telling the truth: I see you.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 3, 2021
Community is here for you. You are safe with me, & with all of us. You are loved!
“And so, she described in a very vivid way what was happening with her when she heard them calling out, ‘Where is she? Where is she?’ while she was hiding. And as she said, she thought this was the end for her, that she could be killed.”
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez had claimed during an Instagram live stream on Tuesday that she was in the Capitol building during the riot. During her social media event, Ocasio-Cortez had disclosed she was a survivor of sexual assault, an experience that she said made her “struggle with the idea of being believed.”
Ocasio-Cortez at times choked up while she recalled hiding in her office bathroom as someone appeared to break in. She claimed a man in a black beanie banged on her office doors screaming, “Where is she?”
Ocasio-Cortez told her audience of 160,000 viewers:
“I thought I was going to die.”
The man turned out to be a Capitol Police officer, but Ocasio-Cortez said he engaged in a “hostile” manner with her, according to Politico, and gave her vague instructions on where to seek shelter, resulting in her wondering where to go.
Fact-check pic.twitter.com/tLoJ3HxcQP— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 3, 2021
A spokesperson for the U.S. Capitol Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment, Politico reported.
.@AOC made clear she didn’t know who was at her door. Breathless attempts by media to fan fictitious news flames are dangerous.— Rep. Nancy Mace (@RepNancyMace) February 2, 2021
My office is 2 doors down. Insurrectionists never stormed our hallway. Egregious doesn’t even begin to cover it. Is there nothing MSM won’t politicize? pic.twitter.com/Tl1GiPSOft
However, despite her claims, Ocasio-Cortez was never in the Capitol building during the riot. Her office is actually located in the Cannon House Office Building, which is one of several facilities in the Capitol complex.
This is the latest manipulative take on the right.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 3, 2021
They are manipulating the fact that most people don’t know the layout the Capitol complex.
We were all on the Capitol complex – the attack wasn’t just on the dome.
The bombs Trump supporters planted surrounded our offices too. pic.twitter.com/jI18e0XRrd
However, the false claims by Ocasio-Cortez did not faze Waters:
“I know how she felt because I have been threatened also so many times. And you’re absolutely correct because I took on this president early, I called for his impeachment early, I have been threatened time and time again.”
In 2018, Waters was criticized for telling Democrat supporters to harass Trump administration officials wherever they were. Yelling to the cheering crowd, Waters said:
“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.”
Maxine Waters declares— poetWOAgun (@poetWOAgun) August 28, 2020
CIVIL WAR with:
To the mentally UNHINGED MOB that’s destroying property & KICKING innocent people in the head
This will TRIGGER THEM to fight till-the-end or they kill someone
Neither Reid nor Waters mentioned the congresswoman’s 2018 incitement of the crowd. At the time, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responded to Water’s inflammatory comments:
“This weekend a member of Congress called for people to push back and make clear to those serving their country in this administration that they are not welcome anywhere, anytime for anything.
“Healthy debate on ideas and political philosophy is important, but the calls for harassment and push for any Trump supporter to avoid the public is unacceptable.”
During Reid’s show, Waters began talking about the group Oath Keepers, which describes itself as a “non-partisan association of current and formerly serving military, police, and first responders, who pledge to fulfill the oath all military and police take to ‘defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.’”
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Waters accused Oath Keepers of organizing other domestic terrorists to join them and called them “white, right-wing supremacists” who are “very bloody.” She told Reid:
“The Oath Keepers, who were part of the domestic terrorists who came to the Capitol [building] and invaded our Capitol and attempted to come to my office in Los Angeles, they tried to organize other domestic terrorists to join them.
“My community discovered what was going on and they turned up in big numbers and, of course, the Oath Keepers had a change of mind when they saw that the community was not going to stand for it.
“I had to put out a notice to all of my community to say, ‘Please don’t come. Don’t engage with the Oath Keepers. Don’t allow them to get you involved in a confrontation’ because I was trying to keep the peace because I know that if they actually showed up and there was a confrontation, it would be bloody.
“And so, it’s not only been the Oath Keepers, as we went back and took a look at how many times I’ve been threatened and what has happened to some of these people, in April of 2018 a man named Anthony Lloyd Scott got three years of probation and 100 hours of community service for threatening to kill me.
How many conspiracies and lies are you willing to promote Maxine!— Omar Navarro (@RealOmarNavarro) May 25, 2020
You should be expelled from Congress for encouraging violence to Trump supporters!
Not to mention how many times you blatantly lied about Russian Collusion.
You're a disgrace to our nation!
“Of course, the Oath Keepers who as I mentioned who tried to come to my office but was turned back and they are very bloody, and they are white, right-wing supremacists.
“Also, there was a [inaudible] man in Florida who pleaded guilty to leaving a threatening voicemail message with my office. And so, I discovered that he was also sentenced along with several others.
“This Anthony Lloyd Scott, who is a Trump supporter in California, pleaded guilty to threatening me in a voicemail and so he also was sentenced and so it goes on and on and on.”
Waters admitted she worries about her personal safety and searches for “strange-looking people loitering around” her:
“I am, of course, accustomed to being threatened, but I have to be concerned about security and I have to watch my back and I have to make sure that I’m not putting myself in a position where I can be harmed.
Well, Maxine Waters believes in some crazy conspiracies too. Where’s your outrage over that?https://t.co/tHwpU0pNLU— Audrey Alex (@aalex2) August 13, 2020
“I have to know, you know, where I’m going, when I’m going. I oftentimes have security. I had it all during my campaign. I have to make sure that I’m not allowing people to walk behind me.
“I have to look out before I step out to see if there are any, you know, strange-looking people loitering around, on and on and on.”
Tonight, Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters spreads her latest unhinged conspiracies on CNN.— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) December 17, 2019
She said, "I don't have the facts to prove it"
She later claims she's not "making things up."
Yes, you read that right.
Waters told Reid that she and other minority congresswomen are threatened often. She also said she refused to leave her office when others were trying to lead her to safety:
“But I and other women, minority women in Congress, are often threatened. We are at risk. And just as AOC was threatened that day, I was lucky I was locked in my office. I would not leave it even when they tried to get me to go to where they were gathering all of the members in one room.”
Waters suggested she did not want to be in an area where COVID-19 had been present:
“I’m glad I didn’t because of the contagion that took place there and the members that ended up with, you know, COVID-19.”
However, Waters did not have an issue last month when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) allowed Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), who tested positive for the virus, to attend the House swearing in and vote in person.
The coronavirus won’t stop Nancy Pelosi’s quest for power.— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) January 3, 2021
Democrat Rep. Gwen Moore announced a positive coronavirus test 6 days ago.
She hasn’t been in DC since May & has been voting by proxy.
But because Pelosi wants power, despite being COVID +, Moore is headed back to DC. https://t.co/iHUpfWVnba
Moving on, Waters again noted her connection to Ocasio-Cortez and then revealed her conspiracy theories about Republicans and President Trump:
“But I recognize what she was saying and how she felt. And I know how I have to live my life.
“But what’s so interesting about all of this is they tried to make themselves the victim when indeed they are following the president of the United States of America who had advance planning about the invasion that took place in our Capitol.
It is also very damning and revealing that the GOP is now digging both heels in a discrediting campaign.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 3, 2021
It’s because they know they are implicated, so they’re pivoting to (again) the classic abuse playbook of “it’s not as bad as they say.”
It was that bad. It’s actually worse.
“Even there’s information that some of the planning came out of individuals working in his campaign.”
Waters did not identify who she thought was involved from President Trump’s campaign or the source for this claim. She added that the former president should be charged:
“As a matter of fact, he absolutely should be charged with premeditated murder because of the lives that were lost with this invasion, with this insurrection.
“So yes, we are threatened, but we can’t back up. We’ve got to fight as hard as we can to see to it that there’s some justice.
“For the president of the United States to sit and watch the invasion and the insurrection and not say a word because he knew that he had absolutely initiated it, and as some of them said, ‘He invited us to come. We’re here at the invitation of the president of the United States.’
“When he rallied, he said go to the Capitol, fight hard. This is take back your country. So, if that’s not inciting the kind of violence that we witnessed, I don’t know what is.”
Watch Trump say “peacefully protest”, in his speech on Jan 6.— Crozz Trade (@CrozzTrade) January 29, 2021
This part conveniently gets edited out, in the medias version, b/c facts don’t fit their narrative
Watch and decide for yourselves:https://t.co/EXBJ4x4rYT
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