President Donald Trump’s recent roast-style speech at the Gridiron Club and Foundation’s 2018 spring dinner drew a lot of laughs from D.C.’s elite, including some mainstream media reporters Trump routinely roasts in real life.
But at least one target of the president’s jabs is biting back with claims of racism to support her never-ending quest to “Impeach 45!” – California Rep. Maxine Waters.
MSNBC’s Joy Reid stirred the pot when she interviewed Waters following the 133rd annual event, which is aimed at poking fun at foes in the media and politics.
According to Reid:
… Between the self-deprecating jokes and the light-hearted roasts of Trump’s favorite targets in politics and the media was this below-the-belt jab at Congresswoman Maxine Waters:
Maxine Waters, ‘He must be impeached!’ That’s all she knows how to say, ‘He must be impeached!’ Impeached! … But he’s done nothing wrong. Doesn’t matter, they say. What has he done wrong? ‘I don’t know! You got to be impeached!’ … And then I say … I get in trouble for this, ‘She has to immediately, take an IQ test.’
Because the event was not recorded, there’s no context for Trump’s comments, and Reid didn’t bother to provide any. She cut straight to Waters for her take on the president’s comments.
“Well, you know, this president has been called stupid. He has been called ignorant and even his secretary of state did not deny that he called him a moron. And so he has no credibility,” said Waters, who appeared from Selma with an odd green tinge, her face glistening with sweat.
“He’s been name calling, he’s been saying all kinds of things, and I certainly expected him to come out with some racist remarks about me,” she said. “So, he did exactly what I expected him to. And by the way, I was told he wasn’t funny at all.”
Reid also attempted to get Waters’ take on Trump’s Gridiron comments about House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, whom he mocked for her recent comments suggesting officials should mow the grass along the U.S.-Mexico border to prevent illegal immigrants from slithering through undetected. Pelosi offered the suggestion during a recent interview in Arizona that Reid apparently did not watch.
It also pointed directly to Reid’s ability to interpret the transcript from the event.
“He reportedly also said that Nancy Pelosi has been trying to come up with a line as good as ‘Lock her up!’ And her line, according to Donald Trump, that she announced last week is ‘Mow the grass, mow the freakin grass. That isn’t going to stop MS-13, mow that freakin grass,’” Ried said. “That sounds like an aspersion or a slap at immigrants, at Mexican Americans. At least that’s how I’m reading it.”
Waters claimed she couldn’t hear Reid from her location in Selma, Alabama, and instead pivoted to promote the event there honoring the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. Waters has been on a warpath since before Trump was elected to “Impeach 45” for alleged and unproven collusion with Russia during the 2016 election.
Waters has repeatedly alleged Trump is the “worst human being” on earth and staked her re-election on stoking hatred against the president – at eulogies, AIDS benefits, LFGTQ conferences, political barbecues, award shows, daytime talk shows, and anywhere else there’s an audience, The American Mirror reports.
And, of course, the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. was no exception.
“Whether he’s disparaging Nancy Pelosi, or Maxine Waters, or the state of California, it is time for the Republicans to stand up and take the responsibility for protecting this country and be on point to get rid of this president,” Waters told Reid, alleging Trump has both colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election and obstructed justice “before our very eyes.”
“This is a president who has no respect, and so we don’t really care what he says,” she said. “The most important thing this country can do now is impeach this president and make sure that we get rid of him and get ready for Pence in 2020 and make sure we’re going to vote us in someone we can respect …”
Several news sites reported on many of Trump’s more humorous Gridiron lines, which many folks seemed to enjoy.
“If you went to the Gridiron last night, which I did and others did, he was very relaxed. He was self-deprecating. He had some very good humorous lines,” Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross told Meet the Press. “I don’t see any problems with his behavior, at all.”