Maxine Waters thinks she’s a patriot and supporters of Donald Trump are not.
During an appearance on MSNBC Saturday morning, she went after backers of the president after she didn’t like that Trump spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 meeting in Germany yesterday.
“These Republicans who think they are more patriotic than anybody else, that somehow they wave the flag better, we’re the real patriots, we’re standing up for this country,” Waters said.
She asserted that Republicans are “frightened” of Trump and “they don’t have the guts to stand up to him.”
Waters said Trump “is looking more like a dictator than a president, and so I’m questioning the patriotism of all of those Republicans who are allowing this president to side with Putin.”
Back in March, Waters questioned the patriotism of Trump supporters during a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
“Mr. Speaker, my position against this president and his administration is clear. I oppose this president. I do not honor this president. I do not respect this president,” Waters said during a nearly 9-minute speech.
“African-Americans have struggled and fought historically, many African-Americans have paid a huge price fighting for justice and equality in this country, have died for it. I don’t have to call the names of Martin Luther King and all the others. We have paid a price, we have fought.
“But guess what? Despite the fact that America has not always been there for us, we’ve always been there for America. We have fought in America’s wars. We have suffered discrimination, we have suffered isolation and undermining. But we stand up for America, oftentimes when others who think they are more patriotic, who say they are more patriotic, do not,” Waters said.
“When we fight against this president, and we point out how dangerous he is for this society and for this country, we’re fighting for the democracy. We’re fighting for America. We’re saying to those who say they’re patriotic but they’ve turned a blind eye to the destruction that he’s about to cause this country, ‘You’re not nearly as patriotic as we are.’”
Waters made it clear her mission is not to represent her constituents, but destroy Trump.
The president “is not good for America,” she said.
“African-Americans know this. The Black Caucus understands this. And for those members of the Black Caucus representing our leadership, who went to meet with him, they have laid out to him all of this, what our care and concerns are all about. But in the final analysis, we really don’t expect anything from him.
“And my mission and my goal is to make sure that he does not remain president of the United States of America,” Water said.