Some South Los Angeles religious leaders and black pastors will voice their support of Rep. Maxine Waters, who has come under scrutiny in calling for her supporters to confront members of the Trump administration in public.

The coalition will hold a 3 p.m. Monday news conference at Waters’ South Los Angeles, said the organizer, Pastor Shane B. Scott.

“Congresswoman Maxine Waters is courageously raising her voice and leading the fight in the Democratic Party to maintain the moral fiber of this country. She is a true patriot, and she should be celebrated as such,” Scott said.

“She has been an exemplary public servant for all the people, and any attempts to disrespect, discredit or assassinate her character are unwelcomed and unwarranted.”

Pastor Kelvin Smith of Holman United Methodist Church and the Rev. John Cager III of Ward AME Church are also expected to speak at Monday’s news conference.

Waters has become a lightning rod for criticism, both from Republicans and to a lesser extent members of her own party. The L.A. congresswoman is one of a very few Democratic officials supporting activists who have confronted G.O.P. officials on their off time, over politics.

Conservative commentators and President Donald Trump have blasted Waters for a perceived lack of civility.

“I don*t think there’s any place for that kind of incivility of inciting harassment or violence of any sort,” said House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, in an interview with the Washington Post.

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