by G. Brown
Congresswoman Maxine Waters has endured a lot of hate, but now the FBI is on the case after the hate turned into a death threat.
According to the LA Times, “A San Pedro man threatened to kill U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters in a voicemail filled with racist and anti-gay slurs after he became angered over her criticisms of President Trump...” Anthony Scott Lloyd was indicted on charges of threatening to kill Waters after he left a voicemail at her Washington D.C. office.
The 44 year went into the racist tirade after hearing Waters on a radio talk show. Court transcripts show Lloyd left the following message on Water’s voicemail, “If you continue to make threats toward the president, you’re going to wind up dead, Maxine, ’cause we’ll kill you…” The longer Lloyd talked, the more agitated he became saying, “You can call the FBI, you can call the NSA, you can call whoever the f**k you want and report this and try to get a surge or some kind of f**king phone number. B***h, if you do it again, you’re dead. You’re a f**king dead ass n–.”
Waters did call the FBI who investigated and Lloyd was indicted. The congresswoman was said to be shocked by Lloyd’s threats and released a statement saying, “My district is very diverse, and though we don’t always agree, my constituents would never threaten me,”
Waters has been very vocal in her disapproval of the current administration and referred to the President as “unstable” and has said repeatedly that “We should be moving on impeachment” because she believes there has been collusion with the Russians.
In the ten months since Donald Trump was 45th president, the United States have never seemed this divided since the civil war. Gun carrying and torch toting White supremacists and neo-Nazis have staged protests and been supported as “fine people” by Trump while athletes who participate in a peaceful protest of kneeling during the national anthem are called “sons of bi**hes”. Under the current administration, hate crimes are rising against African Americans, Hispanics and Muslims according to an L.A. County report on human relations. Some officials say the indictment against the man who threatened Waters sends a clear message that in this divisive climate, acts and threats of violence will not be tolerated.
Lloyd says he really never meant Waters any harm, but his apologies come too late. He could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted when he appears in court next month.