Roll Call reports:
Rep. Maxine Waters of California warned her supporters not to be baited into a confrontation with a a far-right militia group planning a protest at her South-Central Los Angeles office Thursday. The Oath Keepers, which claims 35,000 members who often dress in military gear and carry military-grade rifles at protests and events across the country, issued a “call to action” for Thursday to protest Waters’ “incitement of terrorism” and Democrats’ opposition to Republican immigration policies.
Waters does not want counter-protesters to clash with the Oath Keepers and urged her supporters to stay away until they’re gone. “I am requesting those individuals and groups planning a counter-protest to not be baited into confronting the Oath Keepers with any demonstrations in opposition — such an occurrence would only exacerbate tensions and increase the potential for conflict,” the Golden State Democrat told her supporters in a statement.
RELATED: In 2015 members of the Oath Keepers appeared in Ferguson, Missouri to “help” local police quell civil unrest. Later in the year they offered to assemble in Kentucky to defend Kim Davis from rearrest. They canceled that action on the request of the Liberty Counsel. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Oath Keepers are affiliated with the white supremacy movement.