On Monday, Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters claimed that President Donald Trump intended to use his followers to attack “whatever entity” that’s “not agreeing with him” so that he could continue to “rule” even once his presidency has ended.
Waters made her comments on MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” with Joy Reid.
Host Reid cited the Capitol Hill riot on Wednesday, saying, “We know that Dr. King’s real birthday on the 15th is coming, the official birthday on the 18th.”
“There have been stories and news reports out there that the 17th is being targeted as another day for Trump forces to rally all over the country, that the 19th is being named,” Reid added.
Reid continued, “Obviously, now you have the inauguration in which the Clintons, the Obamas, the Bidens, all will be there, the Obamas will be there, you know? I’m nervous about that calendar.”
The MSNBC host then asked Waters, “Are you confident that after watching the Capitol get sieged that the Capitol Police, the Secret Service, and other federal law enforcement are ready for the inauguration? Do you think it will be secure?”
In response, Waters seemed to imply that Capitol Police were involved, “No, I’m not confident, based on what we’ve just experienced. We need to do a deep investigation about how this happened and who’s complicit in all of this.”
“But I want to tell you not only am I not confident about the times that you are identifying that possibly we could have real problems,” Waters continued.
Then the Democrat accused Trump of continuing to “rule” large segments of the population even after leaving the White House, in what amounts to a shadow government.
“I do believe that the president of the United States, Trump, has organized and worked in a way that even after he’s not serving as the president, that he believes that he’s going to have control over significant population in this country that he can use to basically rule,” Waters said.
Waters had previously called on Democrats to “confront” the Trump administration:
At a rally in June, Waters told her supporters to create a crowd and “push back on” members of the Trump administration, if they are seen at a restaurant, or department store, or a gas station.
Waters went on, “To basically confront whatever entity he’d like to confront that’s not agreeing with him, turn them on to other groups, et cetera. I think that he intends to exercise power even past his presidency.”
“So, whether you’re talking about a group of particular dates where we may have trouble, and I also think that, you know, when they talk about the 17th, and they talk about the 20th, that’s some of our state legislative offices are also targeted, and they may have an operation that’s going on all over the country at one time where they are being attacked,” Waters insisted.
“I think we’re in very dangerous times in the history of this country,” she finished.
The MSNBC Host Reid then insinuated that Trump supporters could be akin to the insurgency in the Iraq War, saying, “What that sounds like is an insurgency, and we’ve seen that in places like Iraq, and that’s a frightening prospect that we might be seeing here.”
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