WATCH: Maxine Waters Calls Donald Trump ‘Putin’s Apprentice’

“Be careful what you wish for Max!” the president said, while in the same breath blasting Waters, the most senior of the 12 black women currently serving in the United States Congress, as “an extraordinarily low IQ person.”

But Waters did not call for physical harm. In fact, she called for civil disobedience.

Waters’ comments were posted to Twitter on by Ryan Saavedra, a reporter with conservative news and opinion website The Daily Wire, which has in the past come under fire for sharing stories that are unverified or that have been taken out of context.

“If you think we’re rallying now you ain’t seen nothing yet,” Waters told supporters at a rally in Los Angeles last month. “If you see anybody from that [Trump] 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.”

Many interpreted the president’s tweet as a threat against Waters, whose rather pointed remarks were a response to a couple of different news reports of Trump administration officials who had trouble dining out peacefully, including White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said she had been asked to leave Red Hen, a restaurant in Lexington, Virginia because she works for the Trump administration. (The restaurant’s co-owner, Stephanie Wilkinson, later

told The Washington Post that Sanders works as a mouthpiece for an “inhumane and unethical” administration.)

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