On Sunday, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) defended herself amid criticism of her controversial calls to harass members of President Donald Trump’s administration.

After her comments, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) derided her comments as “unacceptable”:


Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) also the calls as “not American.”

Waters responded during an appearance on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” saying she was “surprised” by Schumer’s comments and suspects Democratic leaders are doing “anything” to keep their power.

“One of the things I recognize, being an elected official, is in the final analysis, you know, leadership like Chuck Schumer’s will do anything that they think is necessary to protect their leadership,” the California congresswoman said.