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Maxine Waters: Confront Trump's Cabinet Members Everywhere

Maxine Waters

Waters calls for standing up to Trump's immigration crackdown and other policies in a personal manner -- but he says, "Be careful what you wish for."

Some members of Donald Trump's administration have recently been told they're not welcome in some restaurants and other public places -- and according to U.S. Rep Maxine Waters, that's what all Trump's people need to hear.

"Let's make sure we show up wherever we have to show up," the California Democrat told attendees at a rally Saturday in Los Angeles (watch video below). "If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd, and you push back on them, and you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere."

The rally was in protest of the administration's policy of separating children from undocumented immigrant parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, a policy now ostensibly ended by Trump's executive order last week, although it's not clear when families will be reunited. Critics say that under Trump's policy of "zero tolerance" for unauthorized immigration, alternatives to family separation are also inhumane -- either detaining families together (rather than letting them remain free but monitored while they await court proceedings) or deporting them immediately. Trump called for the latter on Sunday.

The situation has sparked widespread outrage, and some Trump appointees and supporters have been confronted in public places. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who has defended the policy, encountered protesters while having dinner at a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C., last week. Over the weekend, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant in Lexington, Va., partly because of Trump's anti-LGBT policies, but also apparently for her defense of the immigration policy and the administration in general. And Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was confronted by demonstrators Friday at a movie theater in Tampa because of her support for the immigration policy and the fact that Florida had joined in a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act.

Waters called on her supporters to keep putting pressure on Trump and his administration. "Mr. President: We will see you every day, every hour of the day, wherever you are, to let you know you cannot get away with this," she said at the rally. "History is not going to be kind to this administration," she said. "But we want history to report that we stood up. That we pushed back. That we fought. That we did not consider ourselves victims to this president."

Trump today sent a tweet telling Waters to "be careful what you wish for."

To be clear, Waters did not call for any sort of physical harm, and she did not suggest targeting all Trump supporters, just members of his Cabinet. Nielsen, for instance, is a Cabinet member.

As for Pelosi, she delivered what Politico called "a gentle rebuke" to Waters. She sent the following tweet today.

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