In letter to top Democrats, black female leaders say Maxine Waters treated unfairly
Washington( CNN ) Nearly 200 black female leaders and allies outside of Congresshave signed a letter calling on top congressional Democrat to defend Rep. Maxine Waters aftershewas criticized by members of her own partyfor urging people to protest President DonaldTrump’s Cabinet membersin public spaces.
“We write to share our profound indignation and deep disappointment over your recent failure to protect Congresswoman Waters from unwarranted attacks from the Trump Administration and others in the GOP, ” the letter states .
The letter, which was earlier reported by Politico, was sent to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California — both of whom answered last week to Waters’ controversial remarks. It was also sent to other Democratic leaders, including Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana, the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, who did offer a public defense of Waters last week .
Trump detonation Waters in multiple speeches and tweets last week and accused her of calling for “harm” to his supporters, which she ferociously denied .
CNN has reached out to Schumer’s and Waters’ offices for comment .
After few colleagues on Capitol hill publicly defended or agreed with Waters’ statements, the working group on leaders and those in favour of Waters organized the letter to send to Democratic leadership .
“Disparaging or failing to support Congresswoman Waters is an affront to her and Black females across the country and telegraphs a message that the Democratic Party can ill afford: that it does not respect Black women’s leadership and political power and discounts the impact of Black women and millennial voters, ” the letter tells .