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With Senate Hearings Under Way, Office of Congresswoman Maxine Waters Announces Receipt of Additional Death Threats Following Jan. 6th Insurrection

March 2, 2021
Press Release

With Senate Hearings Under Way, Office of Congresswoman Maxine Waters Announces Receipt of Additional Death Threats Following Jan. 6th Insurrection

Washington, D.C. – Today, ahead of the second Senate Homeland Security Committee and as the first Senate Judiciary FBI Oversight hearing on the Jan. 6th Capitol attack and domestic terrorism is under way, the Office of Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) announced a new round of death threats – threats that have continued against Congresswoman Waters since the deadly insurrection. The uptick in death threats against Congresswoman Waters began during former President Donald Trump’s term – including a threat made mere weeks before the Capitol attack. The threats to Rep. Waters persist today due to his refusal to accept the results of the 2020 election and his ongoing, implicit support and encouragement of domestic terrorists in the United States.

On December 15, 2020, mere weeks before the Capitol insurrection, a man from Kansas called Congresswoman Waters and left a message saying “You black nigger whore…your ass is grass. Your time is coming nigger bitch…I got an AK47 and I’ll use it if I have to.” On February 8, 2021 a man from Mississippi called the Congresswoman’s district office and left a message saying: “You are a disgusting piece of shit…If I didn’t have a kid, I would wipe out all you disgusting pieces of shit…I got nothing to lose…I would take my AR and spray Pelosi, YOU, Swalwell, Sheila Jackson Lee…” The Capitol Police is investigating both the call from Kansas and Mississippi along with a few other menacing calls made to Rep. Waters’ office within the past several weeks.

These calls follow a string of deadly threats made against the Office of Congresswoman Waters over the past few years:

  • In April 2018, Anthony Scott Lloyd (California), a Trump supporter in California, pleaded guilty to threatening Congresswoman Waters in a voicemail, during which he stated “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…. Bitch, you do it again, you’re dead. You’re a fucking dead ass nigger.” Lloyd was sentenced to six months of home detention, three years probation, and 100 hours of community service.
  • In November 2018, Richard Mel Phillips (Florida), pleaded guilty to leaving a threatening voicemail message with Congresswoman Waters’ office stating “there is nothing stopping me from killing your fucking ass,” and that he would travel to her home state and “stick a bullet through your fucking skull.” Phillips was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2019.
  • In February 2019, Coast Guard Lieutenant Christopher Hasson (Maryland) – a self-described white nationalist who advocated for “focused violence” in order to establish a white homeland – was charged for plotting to kill Congresswoman Waters along with several other Members of Congress, and television anchors. Following his arrest, federal agents found 15 firearms, including seven rifles, and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition in his home in a suburb of Washington, D.C. Hasson was sentenced to 160 months (over 13 years) in prison.
  • On March 21, 2019, Cesar Sayoc (Florida) – a man who reportedly once called himself a white supremacist and drove a van covered in pro-Trump images – pleaded guilty in federal court for mailing potentially explosive devices to Congresswoman Waters’ Los Angeles and Washington, DC offices, and to the offices or residences of 12 other Democratic elected officials, private citizens, and media figures. Sayoc was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
  • On March 20, 2019, Stephen Taubert (Syracuse, NY) was found guilty by a federal grand jury after calling Congresswoman Waters’ Los Angeles office in July 2018, stating, “I’m gonna be at every event that stupid fucking nigger bitch is at and I’m gonna kill that fucking bitch and all you stupid fucking niggers that work for her.” Taubert was sentenced to 4 years in prison.

In addition to these documented threats, in July 2018, the Oath Keepers, a far-right anti-government extremist group (3 members have been indicted in connection with Capitol insurrection), had publicized and planned to organize an event outside of Congresswoman Waters’ LA office designed to intimidate and threaten the Congresswoman and her staff. The group had organized a large demonstration and sought to gather people in Los Angeles from as far as Arizona to confront Congresswoman Waters. Local law enforcement warned the group that there would be counter protests and that the situation could devolve even after Congresswoman Waters issued a statement encouraging the community to stay home and to not engage the Oath Keepers because they were prone to inciting violence. The group ultimately cancelled the event once they understood how much the community would reject their presence.

It will be very important for everyone in Los Angeles and around the country to remain vigilant and report seditious and planned domestic terrorist activities to the proper authorities so as to prevent any more loss of life or similar events such as the tragic January 6th attack on the United States Capitol. Congresswoman Waters is doing her part in Congress, working with her colleagues to strengthen security measures for Members of Congress who should be free to work on behalf of their constituents without fearing for their life or the lives of their families and staff.