Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said Sunday she was surprised to see Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) criticize her for advocating to publicly confront Trump Cabinet officials, but noted that political leaders “will do anything that they think is necessary to protect their leadership.”
“You know, I was surprised at Chuck Schumer, you know reached into the other house to do that,” Waters said when asked by MSNBC host Joy Reid if she was surprised to see leaders in her own party criticizing her. “I’ve not quite seen that done before. But one of the things I recognize, being an elected official, is in the final analysis, you know, leadership will do anything that they think is necessary to protect their leadership.”
Waters’ statement on Sunday comes about a week after she called for protestors to confront members of President Trump‘s administration over his “zero tolerance” immigration policy.
Trump responded by falsely claiming Waters called for harming his supporters. Many lawmakers, including Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), condemned her remarks as well.
But Waters said she’s choosing not to focus on other lawmakers’ comments.