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Congresswoman Waters on MSNBC: Trump is the "Poster Boy for what a Mob Protester Looks Like"

October 9, 2018
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Congresswoman Waters on MSNBC: Trump is the "Poster Boy for what a Mob Protester Looks Like" 


Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) joined MSNBC's "All in with Chris Hayes" to discuss Republican efforts to redefine peaceful, non-violent protests and falsely warn of "mob rule" ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. 

"This country was built on peaceful protest, and those of us who were part of the Civil Rights Movement, who understood the power of protest taught by Dr. Martin Luther King, [Jr.] and others, know that we cannot allow Donald Trump or anybody else to take protest away from us, and to deem it to be violent, and to try and make us look like a mob.

"It is because of peaceful protest, not only in the Civil Rights Movement, but the Labor Movement was able to get better wages, able to get better working conditions, able to get better pay -- everything --- because they learned to march and protest. And they still do it today.

"We know that protest is guranteed to a democratic society. We know that this is guranteed to us by the Constitution. They're trying to change the description of protest and call it a mob. Well, this president is the poster boy for what a mob protester looks like. As a matter of fact, he's the one that's been violent in his speech....We're not going to allow them to take this false message that they're trying to carry to the American people," said Congresswoman Waters. 

Watch the full interview here