U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, of California, is doubling down on her recent promise to “take out” President Trump.
Waters attacked the president about 27 seconds into her speech to “homeless LGBTQ youth” at the Ali Forney Center in New York City earlier this month.
“Wow, what a moving evening this is,” Waters said.
“I’m sitting here listening, watching, absorbing, thinking about Ali even though I never met him. And with this kind of inspiration, I will go and take Trump out tonight,” she said, pumping her fist as the crowd roared with approval.
The comments are among the latest in Waters’ unrelenting campaign to impeach the president over unproven allegations that he allegedly conspired with Russians to steal the 2016 election from Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
On Monday, Waters offered no apologies for her promise to “take out” Trump during an interview with CNN’s “New Day,” and instead doubled down on her commitment to impeach the president.
“Those words have been interpreted as an attempt on the president’s life,” CNN’s Chris Cuomo told Waters. “How did you intend them?”
“That’s absolutely ridiculous, nobody believes that,” Waters said. “A 79-year-old grandmother who is a congresswoman and who has been in Congress and politics for all these years talking about doing any harm.
“The only harm I may be doing to the president is I want him impeached,” Waters said.
She alleged the folks who oppose her efforts to unseat the president, and the people who want her out of office, are racists.
“And those people who are so opposed to my leadership on impeachment are organizing the right wing, the white nationals, the KKK, they have organized an effort to try and, of course, defeat me in my election coming up and to discredit me,” Waters said.
“Everybody knows that I’m on the front lines not talking about any physical harm to anybody, but I am talking about impeachment and I’m not going to stop.”
She then went on to name all the reasons she hates Trump, though none of them include a legal justification for removing the president.
“I believe this president is not worthy,” she said. “I believe this president should not be representing our country. He has alienated our allies. He continues to lie, day in and day out. He creates controversy. He can’t get along with the members of Congress. He needs to be impeached. I want him impeached. And I’m going to continue my efforts to call for his impeachment.”
Cuomo pointed out that Waters’ comments represent “ugly talk,” and questioned whether those who oppose Trump should “be the change that you want to see and have … a high level of decency in how you discuss those whom you want to criticize, especially when it’s the president of the United States.”
Waters alleged she’s been “extremely responsible in laying out the case for why this president should be impeached.”
The problem is racists, she said.
“I know that the right wing, the white nationalists, all of those who have organized around this president, do not like this. And people are not accustomed to a woman, in particular an African American woman, taking this kind of leadership,” she said. “How dare me challenge the president of the United States, but we have never witnessed a president who has been as irresponsible and as dangerous as this president.
“And I think that we need to step up to the plate and tell the truth and speak truth to power and that’s what I’m doing and that’s what I’m going to continue to do.”
Waters has seemingly used every platform available to her to continue her crusade.
Two days after her comments in New York City, Waters took the stage in front of Los Angeles City Hall for the “non political” Los Angeles AIDS walk, which she also turned into a platform to push her agenda.
She congratulated APLA Health for meeting online fundraising goals and briefly outlined the progress made to control the AIDS epidemic, then quickly pivoted to Trump and Republicans in Congress.
“We face unprecedented challenges today in our struggle against HIV and AIDS and I want you to know those people in Congress on the opposite side of the aisle from me control every branch of our federal government,” Waters said. “And we have, unfortunately, an unstable, erratic person in the White House.”
“We don’t know what this president will do, or say, or tweet from one day to the next. Don’t forget, this is not a political event, but I’m heading toward impeachment,” Waters said with a snicker.
Those comments followed a similar speech during a eulogy for comedian Dick Gregory last month.
In September, the California congresswoman turned the eulogy into a tirade against Trump, whom she repeatedly referred to as a “dishonorable human being,” The American Mirror reported.
Instead of remembering her “friend,” Waters declared she’s “going to sanitize the White House,” and rid the country of “this dishonorable human being who has the alt-right, and the KKK and everybody else inside his Cabinet!”
“When I get through with Donald Trump, he’s going to wish he had been impeached!” Waters yelled, pointing at the crowd.
“I feel it very deeply — I am so offended by him and I love my people so much I’m not gonna put up with it.
“I’m gonna say ‘Impeach 45 everyday,’ ‘Impeach 45 everyday,’ ‘Impeach 45 everyday,’” she said during the eulogy.