Rep. Maxine Waters refuses to be intimidated.
The Democrat from California was the intended recipient of two suspicious packages that were intercepted on Wednesday. The packages, which potentially contained explosive devices, were similar to those sent to CNN and several prominent Democrats, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, officials said.
In the wake of the bomb threats, Waters had a powerful message for her supporters — and anyone who might try to “intimidate” her: “I ain’t scared,” the congresswoman told Blavity.
“They would like to intimidate us. Of course, we must be wise, we must not be foolish … but we should never stop the struggle and the fight for justice and equality in this country. I don’t know whether the bombs are real or not, but we should not crawl under bed, close the doors, not go out, be afraid to go to rallies,” Waters told the outlet. “We have to keep doing what we’re doing in order to make this country right, that’s what I intend to do.”
The FBI confirmed on Wednesday night that Waters was one of several high-profile Democrats targeted with the series of suspicious packages. According to CNN, one suspected mail bomb addressed to Waters was discovered at a congressional mail sorting facility outside Washington. A second was found at a Los Angeles postal facility.
Earlier on Wednesday, Waters had confirmed that her office had received word about at least one of the suspicious packages. “I unequivocally condemn any and all acts of violence and terror,” she said in a statement.