Prominent religious leader Rev. Al Sharpton and former DNC Chair Donna Brazile have signed a “Black Women Leaders and Allies” letter defending controversial Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and decrying House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for failing to defend her comments calling for harassment of members of the Trump Administration.
The July 3 letter states that Waters was “speaking truth to power” and stated that Waters “has made it her life’s work to stand as a fearless advocate for women and unwavering champion for children, people of color and the poor.” The letter also expresses “profound indignation and deep disappointment” with Schumer and Pelosi for not defending Waters.
Waters came under fire last month for calling on the public to regularly harass members of the Trump Administration. As CNSNews.com reported, Waters stated “Let’s make sure we show up, wherever we have to show up, and 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 letter calls on Pelosi and Schumer to apologize for their comments – and declares Rep. Waters a “shero” (female hero):
“For Black women, who are the most loyal base of the Democratic Party and the Progressive Movement, Congresswoman Waters is our shero. At this critical juncture in our nation’s history, Maxine Waters stands bold and unafraid, serving as a beacon of light and hope, her singular voice, speaking powerfully and urging the nation to the moral high ground of justice.”
The full text of the letter is published on Politico.com.