What happens when you’ve been in the same lawmaking job for 28 years?
Perhaps, sometimes, it makes you bold enough to say really, really, astonishingly absurd things.
On Wednesday, California Rep. Maxine Waters blasted Donald Trump for endangering her safety with inflammatory rhetoric.
Maxine Waters, who infamously instructed her supporters to harass Trump officials in public and "tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere…"
…is now complaining on MSNBC that she can't go to the grocery store without security. pic.twitter.com/HmX6NQ2VCR
— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) October 2, 2019
Hey, hold up; isn’t that the same lady who said this:
Well. I’ll be — it is.
Anyway, here’s what she had to say, to MSNBC host Ali Velshi:
“There are a number of people who have been convicted for threatening to kill me, and when he does that he’s dog-whistling to the white supremacists, the KKK, and the dangerous people. We have stories about many of those white supremacists who do nothing but practice how they’re going to be involved in a civil war and fight against this government. This president is irresponsible in so many ways aside from making us a target of these white supremacists.”
Maxine explained that she understands things. Like the “danger” of Donald Trump. Like his private hopes and dreams of being a dictator. Like the reality of Russian collusion:
“Yes, absolutely he has called me names as he has called many others names. I have been at this almost two years because I understand the danger of this president. I understand that he has colluded with Russia. I understand that he has embraced Putin. I also understand that he really wants to be and act like a dictator. I’m very worried about our entire government. I’m worried about his entire administration.”
Hey — given her understanding of collusion, she should work for these people:
A short two-minute video for those of you in the media pitifully insisting that no media reckoning is needed and journalists performed beautifully, soberly and responsibly throughout this whole saga: pic.twitter.com/PF5s2kTcYA
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 25, 2019
The congresswoman also understands what Trump doesn’t: the Constitution:
“Most people know me and know what I’ve been doing for the last two years. They know I’ve spoken about the President’s lack of understanding or appreciation for the Constitution. He doesn’t care about the democracy and how he has undermined all of those who are trying so hard to make this democracy stronger.”
Waters assured that people “know [she has] the best interest of this country at heart and that [she’s] worked very hard and that [she’s] spoken truth to power in ways that many others didn’t even have the courage to do it.”
As someone who everyone knows and who understands all the stuff, and as someone who’s been doing stuff for two years — like the video above — Maxine used this to put a fine point on it:
“[Trump] should not be going after anybody. He is the President of the United States of America. He is setting some of us up to be killed.”
28 years, ladies and gentlemen. 28 years.
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