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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Congresswoman Waters Statement on Death Threats

June 28, 2018
Press Release

Congresswoman Waters Statement on Death Threats 

WASHINGTON -- Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) issued the following statement today: 

“I have in recent months observed an increase in death threats, from men around the country, because of my opposition to the Trump Administration’s policies.  Most recently, Anthony Scott Lloyd, a Trump supporter in California, pleaded guilty to threatening me in a voicemail he left on my office line in October 2017.  Mr. Lloyd acknowledged that, as a ‘pro-president supporter,’ his animosity towards me was fueled by a radio program discussing public comments I made about the President last year.  Mr. Lloyd wrote: ‘What you said at your little faggot conference, if you continue to make these threats towards the President, you’re going to wind up dead, Maxine, because we will kill you…You can call the FBI, you can call the NSA, you can call whoever the fuck you want and report this and try to get a surge or some kind of fucking phone number. Bitch, you do it again, you’re dead. You’re a fucking dead ass nigger.’

“Now, because of my support for the American people’s Constitutional right to protest the Administration’s current practice of locking up immigrant children in cages, the President has amplified his attacks against me at his rallies and on a social media. 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 threating messages and sending hostile mail to my office. 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 cancelled this weekend.  This is just one of 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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