Politfact, which is a popular fact-checking publication, just released a “mostly false” rating for House Rep. Maxine Water’s claim regarding Trump supporters, namely that they “were not welcome here.” The “mostly false” rating is attributed to Waters’ intended audience: Cabinet officials.
Politifact noted that while Waters did make the “were not welcome” here claim in June 2018, the context of the quote was a purported “critique of the administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy.”
In addition, the publication also noted that Maxine Waters was not aiming her comments at Trump supporters, a claim that was also ranked as “mostly false.”
Apparently, a Facebook posting presumably misquoted Rep. Waters’ statement, including the misquoted phrase” every Trump supporting American” would not be welcome in D.C.
However, the June 2018 comment was aimed at Trump’s Cabinet members.
Waters had also added, “if you think we’re rallying now, you ain’t seen nothing yet,” which she followed up with comments on Trump’s Cabinet officials. Waters claimed that protestors have already assailed Cabinet members in restaurants and their private homes, chanting “no peace, no sleep.”
In addition, Waters openly encouraged others to continue protesting against Trump’s Cabinet officials, declaring that if anyone sees any Cabinet members in restaurants, stores, or gasoline stations, “you get out, and you create a crowd, and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
Later on, Waters issued a defense of her comments, claiming that she didn’t threaten supporters of Trump in her speech, though she did admit to threatening Trump supporters in the past.
“I did not threaten [Trump] constituents and supporters,” Waters stated in response to her June 2018 comments, before adding, that she threatens Trump supporters “all the time, but I didn’t do that that time.”
In addition, Politifact also notes that while Waters made statements regarding Trump’s Cabinet members being singled out in public, she also “did not direct her comments at Trump supporters broadly,” which is the apparent implication of the misquoted Facebook post.
Politifact also proceeded to note that Facebook has flagged the misquoted post of Maxine waters in the tech giant’s “efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed.”