Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is facing a liberal backlash after she called for "patience" in dealing with President Donald Trump, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.
The controversy erupted as Feinstein decides whether to seek a sixth term.
During a Tuesday appearance in San Francisco, she was asked about Trump, according to The Washington Times.
"I think we have to have some patience, I do, she said. "It's eight months into the tenure of the presidency . . . We'll have to see if he can forget himself and his feelings about himself enough to be able to have the empathy and direction that this country needs."
And the San Francisco Chronicle noted she also said: "The question is whether he can learn and change. If so, I believe he can be a good president."
But now she is being been roundly criticized by Democrats for her remarks.
California's state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León had some harsh words for Feinstein following her comments.
"It wasn't the proper tone or tenor, especially given the current state of politics at the national level," De León told the Times. "We don't owe Trump patience. We owe Californians resistance."
Sean Clegg, a veteran Democratic operative in San Francisco, added: "It's Dianne being Dianne, but it's greatly out of step with where the base is, where most Democrats are, and where most California voters are. The base is on fire like we really have not seen in more than a generation."
And an unnamed Democratic member of the state's congressional delegation said some politicians now believe it's time for Feinstein to "pass the torch."
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