It didn’t take long for Maxine Waters to get political during a Los Angeles-area church sermon on Sunday.
After briefly praising young people who spoke before her, it was almost as though a switch was flipped, and the California congresswoman proudly, yet angrily denounced President Trump and Republicans in the U.S. Senate.
“I’m so pleased about the spirit in this church today,” Waters said to applause.
“I’ll be a slave buried in my grave and go home to my God, is that right? Now that’s what you call resilience,” she continued. “And this is what Trump don’t understand about me,” she said with a smile as someone banged on a tambourine in approval.
“He can’t intimidate me,” she vowed as feedback from the microphone marred her rant.
“I’m not afraid of him. He may sling all those nasty words out about people, me and everybody else. But I’ll stand before him every day of the week and I’ll tell him he’s dishonorable, that he has disrespected us, that he’s divisive, that he does not deserve to be the president of the United States,” Waters said.
“And as I said I was going to do everything I possibly could to help him get impeached. It took them a long time to catch up and to get started in the House of Representatives but we finally got started. And on December 18th at about 8:20 in the evening, the House of Representatives impeached the president of the United States,” she continued as the church burst into cheers.
“We transmitted it over to the Senate as the Constitution would have us do and, of course, we have a lot of racists, dishonorable people in the Senate of the United States of America,” she said as someone shouted, “That’s right!”
She didn’t identify the alleged racists.
“They claim to be patriots,” she sermonized, “They—” Just then, jarring feedback — perhaps from the Lord above — struck the sound system, forcing Waters back from the microphone and disrupting her flow.
“They’re no patriots. We are the patriots!” she declared, seemingly unfazed.
“We’re the ones who stood with this country. We’re the ones who fought for democracy,” she said, adding because of their “patriotism,” they have “suffered an awful lot.”