California Rep. Maxine Waters (D) is threatening to sue Fox News for drawing attention to her hypocritical requests for extra security on her recent trip to Minneapolis, where she encouraged rioters to take to the streets in the final hours of the Derek Chauvin trial.
According to the Washington Examiner, the controversial lawmaker accused Fox News of spreading “misinformation” with a report alleging that she misused U.S. air marshals for her protection.
“Deceitful, lying Fox ‘News'”
In a tweet, Waters said she has “never” requested law enforcement protection on any flights and said that “deceitful, lying Fox ‘News’ must be stopped.”
Fox had reported that Waters is just one lawmaker who is “abusing” air marshals for extra protection — a trend that picked up after the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6 — and diverting them from “high-risk” commercial flights by using them as a “concierge service.”
On her trip to Minneapolis, Waters had two U.S. Capitol Police officers and a pair of Secret Service agents guarding her, as well as two U.S. air marshals and two marshals to escort her at the airport, according to Fox, although Capitol Police and the Secret Service denied providing Waters with security.
Sonya Hightower LoBasco of the Air Marshal National Council filed a formal ethics complaint with Congress to investigate Waters, saying she used “government resources inappropriately,” leaving a high-risk flight “with no armed law enforcement on board.”
“We still don’t have any justification as to why government resources were utilized to fly Ms. Waters out to Minnesota,” LoBasco told Fox News.
Waters doubles down
Ironically, but not surprisingly, Waters was then calling on activists to raise hell in the event that Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was acquitted of murdering 46-year-old George Floyd, as the Examiner notes.
Many said the congresswoman’s comments were a form of jury intimidation, and the judge in the trial said they could be used by the defense to make an appeal, according to The Washington Post.
But Waters denied wrongdoing, as she has long done when making incendiary, bomb-throwing comments.
As might be expected, Waters swiftly denounced Fox’s reporting as “misinformation” and threatened to sue the outlet for allegedly endangering her life.
“As a result of Fox’s willingness to lie and deceive its audience, I am now considering a lawsuit against Fox News and demand an immediate retraction of the article,” she said, according to reports.