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Maxine Waters, the New Face of the Democratic Party

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A big part of the reason Democrats are fleeing their party in the #WalkAway movement is because of leadership like Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). The 80-year-old lawmaker has been in office since 1991, representing large parts of south-central Los Angeles and surrounding areas. She is best known for corruption and hyperbole. In recent years, she has escalated her public appearances representing Democrats. In June, President Trump declared, “The face of the Democrats is now Maxine Waters.” 


Her notorious public life started back in 1992, when she called President H.W. Bush a racist. In 2004, an article in The Los Angeles Times revealed that Waters used her position to help companies, candidates and causes. They then turned around and did business with her family members, earning the family more than $1 million. If she had been a Republican member of Congress, she would have been prosecuted. 

The left-leaning Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington listed Waters as one of the most corrupt members of Congress in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011. The House Ethics Committee accused her of at least one ethical violation in 2010 for helping a bank receive federal aid. Her husband was a stockholder and former director of the bank, and the bank’s executives were major contributors to her campaigns. The bank received $12 million in TARP funds.

In 2011, she said at a town hall, “And as far as I'm concerned, the 'tea party' can go straight to Hell ... and I intend to help them get there." Waters began calling to impeach Trump soon after he entered office. She has called Trump a bully, an egotistical maniac and a liar. She says he is "the most deplorable person I've ever met in my life." She referred to Trump’s advisers who have ties to Russia, such as oil or gas interests there, as “scumbags.” After the Charlottesville rioting, she tweeted, "Trump has made it clear — it is now the White Supremacists' House.” In January, after Trump’s 2018 State of the Union address, she called him a “shameful racist.” 


Earlier this summer, after White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant, Waters told attendees at a rally that they should harass Trump administration officials who show up in public places. "If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them and you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

Trump responded, tweeting that Waters is “an extraordinarily low IQ person.” Waters’ remarks were even too much for House Minority Nancy Pelosi (R-Calif.), who referred to them as “unacceptable.” Same with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who said her remarks were “not right” and “not American.”  

Waters backtracked later, but not much. “I did not threaten his constituents, his supporters. I do that all the time, but I didn’t do it that time,” she said while accepting an award from the Stonewall Young Democrats in Los Angeles. She went on to rant about Trump, “I’m gonna get him. I’m gonna get him.” She brought up impeaching Trump, and said she would go after Vice President Mike Pence next. “You knock one down, one at a time,” she said. “You knock one down, and we’ll be ready for Pence. We’ll get him, too.” 

During a speech in July to a meeting of the California Democratic Party’s women’s caucus, Waters claimed that Trump “doesn’t even know how to spell his own wife’s name.”

Last week, at the annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation conference, Waters said about Trump, “I think he’s the most deplorable, the most despicable human being I’ve ever encountered.” Next, she compared the Trump administration’s border policy of separating illegal immigrants from their children to slavery. “I know it is right to fight against separation of mothers and fathers and families because of what happened to us in slavery,” she said. “They sold us on the auction block. They sent the father to one plantation. They sent children to other plantations. … They separated us.”


If Waters is the best the Democrats have now, they are in serious trouble. Are they incapable of finding an ethical leader who doesn’t sound unhinged? The average Democrat doesn’t want someone that nutty representing them. Waters may represent the viewpoints of Antifa and the radical left, but she is scaring away the normal people left in the party. Which is a good thing for Republicans.   


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