The Los Angeles office of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) was evacuated on Tuesday after receiving a suspicious package, according to reports.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that Waters’ office has been evacuated and a hazmat team is on-scene to inspect the package labeled “anthrax.” Last Thursday, members of a “black power” group burned an American flag outside Waters’s Los Angeles office after stealing it from a passing vehicle.
Breitbart News’ Adelle Nazarian reported: “[T]he small group was there to support Waters and to counter-protest against a far-right group called the “Oath Keepers,” what had planned to rally against the congresswoman. However, the Oath Keepers called off its demonstration.” The protesters were also witnessed shouting “America was never great!” as they danced around the burning flag.
There was no protest outside Maxine Waters office today. A group called #oathkeepers did not show up. Some counter protestors who came to support Waters burned an American flag in the street. #maxinewaters #flagburning #flag pic.twitter.com/pafH7nJrWL
— Carlos Granda (@abc7carlos) July 19, 2018
The incident comes after the outspoken Trump critic has publically claimed she is experiencing an uptick in numerous violent threats directed at her. Waters in June was forced to pull out of events in Alabama and Texas after she received what her staff believed were credible death threats. “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,” Waters said in a statement after canceling her appearance at a political event.
The California lawmaker is no stranger to using violent rhetoric of her own, having warned her critics during a June 30 speech before demonstrators in Los Angeles protesting the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance,” immigration policies that they “better shoot straight,” if they are going to confront the lawmaker. “No, we have members of Congress trying to intimidate me,” the California lawmaker said. “I have no fear. I’m in this fight. 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. All I have to say is this, if you shoot me, you better shoot straight. There’s nothing like a wounded animal,” she warned.
Waters was the subject of rare bipartisan rebuke after urging her supporters to “create a crowd,” and “push back,” against Trump officials over the administration’s border policies. “You tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” Waters said speaking in front of the Wilshire Federal Building in Los Angeles.
The Congressional Black Caucus member also sparked outrage after tellings MSNBC she has “no sympathy,” for Trump administration officials experiencing public harassment. “They tend to not want to confront this president or even leave, but they know what they’re doing is wrong,” the Trump critic said. “I want to tell you, these members of his cabinet who remain and try to defend him, they won’t be able to go to a restaurant, they won’t be able to stop at a gas station, they’re not going to be able to shop at a department store. They’re going to protest. They’re absolutely going to harass them until they decide that they’re going to tell the president, ‘No, I can’t hang with you,’ Waters added.
President Trump has criticized Waters’ remarks, describing the California Democrat as “an extraordinarily low IQ person.” “Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an extraordinarily low IQ person, has become, together with Nancy Pelosi, the Face of the Democrat Party,” tweeted the president. “She has just called for harm to supporters, of which there are many, of the Make America Great Again movement. Be careful what you wish for Max!”
Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an extraordinarily low IQ person, has become, together with Nancy Pelosi, the Face of the Democrat Party. She has just called for harm to supporters, of which there are many, of the Make America Great Again movement. Be careful what you wish for Max!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2018