'Corrupt criminal': Maxine Waters is criticized for vitriolic response to Trump's guilty verdict

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, received backlash on social media for her response to former President Trump's criminal conviction in a post mocking the former president.

“Trump, shut up!” Waters posted on X after Trump's conviction.

“You're talking about saving the Constitution? You're the one who doesn't respect the Constitution and you have supporters who think we should get rid of the Constitution! Just shut up, you're condemned on all counts!”

The post, which sparked an immediate backlash from conservatives on social media, was viewed more than 1 million times on X.

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Former President Trump and Representative Maxine Waters. (Steven Hirsch | Graeme Sloan)

“A woman who begged her supporters to physically get up in the faces of a Trump administration official has thoughts to share…,” Fox News contributor Joe Concha posted on X.

“Literally no one supports Trump nor Trump wants to get rid of the Constitution,” said former U.S. Attorney and Executive Director of Right on Crime Brett Tolman. posted on X.

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Former President Trump arrives at Trump Tower on Thursday, May 30, 2024, after being found guilty of 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree. (Felipe Ramales for Fox News Digital)

“These people are mentally ill,” says radio host Mike Sperrazza posted on X. “TDS is real.”

“What ugliness, and I bet it goes to the bone,” wrote Juanita Broaddrick posted on X.

“This woman is a corrupt criminal who laundered more than a million dollars in campaign funds to her daughter,” writes Red State writer Bonchie. posted on X.

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Representative Maxine Waters

Congresswoman Maxine Waters. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)

Fox News Digital reached out to Waters' office for comment but did not receive a response.

Waters was widely criticized in 2018 for what many called a call to violence when she encouraged her supporters: “If you see someone from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gas station, you get out and create a crowd. and you push them back and you tell them they're not welcome anywhere anymore.”

Waters denied that she had promoted violence.

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Trump was found guilty on Thursday of all 34 counts of falsifying corporate records in the first degree. Each charge carries a maximum prison sentence of four years. In total, Trump faces a maximum sentence of 136 years.

Moments after the jury's verdict was delivered, the former president spoke to reporters in the hallway outside the courtroom.

“This was a shame. This was a rigged trial by a conflicted judge who was corrupt, like a rigged trial and a disgrace. It wouldn't give us a change of venue,” Trump said. “We were at 5% or 6% in this district, in this area. This was a rigged, shameful process.”

Trump said: “The real judgment will be pronounced by the people on November 5.”

Fox News Digital's Brooke Singerman contributed to this report.

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