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Rep. Maxine Waters does not intend to sit idly by and watch Republicans ignore the relationship between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russians looking to destabilize the U.S. government. In an interview on Sirius XM’s Make It Plain, she said even in Republican-safe districts, voters will only tolerate so much. [Transcript via ShareBlue]
WATERS: Republicans in many of these districts are considered to be very patriotic. And when their constituents, even if they’re right-wing conservatives, discover that somehow they’re protecting Putin and the Kremlin, they’re not going to like that. Because many of them think they’re more patriotic than anybody else. So Republicans cannot be caught defending Putin. And we must say that over and over again.
And for Democrats, we’ve got to stay on it. We’ve got to challenge. We can’t be intimidated. We can’t think about whether this is going to cause us to have trouble in our elections. We’ve got to go for it. I believe that African-Americans can lead this fight. And show up and show that we are as patriotic as anybody else.
When asked whether she would attend the Congressional Black Caucus meeting with Donald Trump, Rep. Waters says no way:
WATERS: I won’t go. I know who he is. I know how he’s defined himself. Maya Angelo says when somebody show who they are, believe them. I believe him.
I believe this is a man who mimicked and mocked a disabled journalist. I believe this is a man who talked about grabbing women by their private parts. I believe this is a man who lied about Mexico paying for the wall that was going to be built. This is the same man who lied about how many people attended his inauguration. This is the man who lied about the so-called undocumented illegals who voted and how he lost all of these votes because they voted.
This is a man who constantly lies and will change on a dime. He will tell you one thing today and another thing tomorrow.
I would not believe anything that came out of his mouth. I’m not asking him for anything. All I’m asking him is: Get ready for impeachment. Because we’re going there. I’m going there.
We have a long way to go until impeachment, but great to hear Maxine Waters is standing by her convictions and ready to lead the fight.