Representative Maxine Waters, D-Calif., Drew attention for saying Saturday night that if a Minnesota jury does not convict Derek Chauvin of murder for the death of George Floyd, protesters should “become more confrontational,” but this call to action was equal for the course for the California Democrat.
Waters has a history of face-to-face remarks and passionate statements that have included beards to his own colleagues.
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“You must respect the chair and close your mouth!” Waters shouted at Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio last Thursday when Jordan went over time in a heated exchange with Dr.Anthony Fauci.
Some of Waters’ most notorious remarks, however, came under the administration of former President Donald Trump, particularly when Attorney General Jeff Sessions imposed a zero tolerance policy on illegal border crossing and a large many migrant children were detained and separated from their families.
“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we need to show up. And if you see someone from this firm in a restaurant, in a department store, in a gas station, you go out and you create a crowd,” he said. Waters told supporters of a rally in June 2018. “And you push them away. And you tell them they’re not welcome any more, anywhere. We need to put children in touch with their parents.”
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Waters doubled down on this rhetoric in a subsequent appearance on MSNBC.
“They won’t be able to go to a restaurant, they won’t be able to stop at a gas station, they won’t be able to do their shopping in a department store, people will turn them on, they will protest, they will absolutely harass them until they decide to say to the president, ‘No, I can’t hang out with you.’ “
The MP has not been short on words for the Trump administration. In February 2017, she called the Trump administration “a bunch of bastards … who are all organized to make money.”
Waters was expressing his displeasure with Trump himself even before he took office. In yet another MSNBC appearing in January 2017, she said in light of Trump’s past behavior and remarks, she had no intention of attending his inauguration.
“I don’t honor him. I don’t respect him and I don’t want to get involved with him,” she said.
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The congressman was never afraid to speak her mind, nor was she afraid of the backlash that followed. In 2018, she addressed the controversy over her calls for people to “push back” on Trump administration officials.
“And I know there are those out there who talk about censoring me, getting me out of Congress, shooting me, hanging me,” Waters said. “All I have to say is this: If you shoot me, you better shoot straight. There’s no such thing as a wounded animal.”
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