A group of black female leaders blast Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) over their failure to protect Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) from “unwarranted attacks from the Trump Administration and others in the GOP.” The attacks against Waters came after she called for the continued public shaming of Trump administration officials over his policies of separating migrant children from their parents on the US-Mexico border.

Here’s an excerpt from the letter:

Further, we write to share our profound indignation and deep disappointment over your recent failure to protect Congresswoman Waters from unwarranted attacks from the Trump Administration and others in the GOP. That failure was further compounded by your decision to unfairly deride her as being “uncivil” and “un-American.” In doing so, we believe this mischaracterizes her call to action for peaceful democratic assembly and the exercise of her constitutional rights to free speech in support of defenseless immigrant children and their families.

As one of the longest serving African American women, and the longest tenured woman of color, in Congress, Representative Waters has dedicated nearly 30 years of her life to federal public service. Prior to that, she was a member of the California State Assembly for 14 years, and has made it her life’s work to stand as a fearless advocate for women and unwavering champion for children, people of color and the poor.

Millennials of every race and creed revere Congresswoman Waters, whom they affectionately refer to as “Auntie Maxine.” She has been a foremost catalyst in encouraging a new generation to embrace the Democratic Party as the party that shares their values and speaks to the issues they care about most. Not supporting Congresswoman Waters hurts the party and threatens to erode an opportunity to continue to grow the Democratic Party with young leaders and voters.

For Black women, who are the most loyal base of the Democratic Party and the Progressive Movement, Congresswoman Waters is our shero. At this critical juncture in our nation’s history, Maxine Waters stands bold and unafraid, serving as a beacon of light and hope, her singular voice, speaking powerfully and urging the nation to the moral high ground of justice. She continues the phenomenal legacy of leadership of Black women who paved the way for all women to break glass ceilings including Congresswomen Shirley Chisholm, Barbara Jordan, Yvonne Braithwaite and Cardiss Collins; and civil rights icons—Dr. Dorothy I. Height, Dr. C. Delores Tucker, Reverend Willie Barrow, Mrs. Evelyn Lowery and many more.

Pelosi issued a statement on Wednesday saying that Rep. Waters “is a valued leader whose passionate call for family reunification should be heard without any threats to her safety.”

“Donald Trump has sullied the bully pulpit with reckless disregard for the safety of others,” the statement continues. “He should stop his attacks on Congresswoman Waters and all Members of Congress, the free press, and all Americans who have the right and the responsibility to speak their minds.”

Maxine Waters hasn’t backed down from the attacks. She slammed Schumer for wanting to keep his leadership position. She also told Trump supporters during a rally last weekend over the death threats she has been receiving, “if you shoot, you better shoot straight, because there’s nothing like a wounded animal.”

If Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer can’t stand with Maxine Waters and other Democrats when they call out Donald Trump and his minions, they need to step aside from their leadership positions and allow people with backbones to take their place.