Maxine Waters’ Most Unapologetic Quotes During Trump’s Presidency

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The Clapbacks: Maxine Waters' Most Unapologetic Quotes During Trump's Presidencywouldn’t waste my time” going.

February 21, 2017:

This is a bunch of scumbags, that’s what they are, who are all organized around making money.

Waters was speaking with MSNBC correspondent Chris Hayes when she called members of Trump’s cabinet with alleged ties to Russia “a bunch of scumbags,” whose sole interests are oil, gas, and money.

March 28, 2017:

 I’m a strong black woman, and I cannot be intimidated. I cannot be undermined. I cannot be thought to be afraid of Bill O’Reilly or anybody.

Back in March, Waters spoke on the House floor and proceeded to question the patriotism of Trump’s supporters.

“[African-Americans] 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,” Waters said. “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.'”

Following that, Bill O’Reilly, alongside other Fox News correspondents, watched footage from the speaking during a Fox & Friends segment. After watching it, O’Reilly responded with the following: “I didn’t hear a word [Waters] said. I was looking at the James Brown wig. If we have a picture of James, it’s the same wig.”

O’Reilly faced backlash for his remarks but it was Waters who had the last words, tweeting the following: “I am a strong black woman. I cannot be intimidated, and I’m not going anywhere.”

April 19, 2017:

It was a sexual harassment enterprise there at Fox.

Following the firing of O’Reilly amid multiple sexual assault allegations, Waters called Fox a “sexual harassment enterprise” during an interview with CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper. The statement was made in reference to other Fox News correspondents such as Eric Bolling and Charles Payne who were facing sexual assault allegations, as well as deceased Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.

May 9, 2017:

I think he’s a racist, I think he’s a throwback, and I don’t mind saying it, any day of the week.

Serving as the guest on the Washington Post’s Cape Up podcast, Waters spoke on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and referred to him as a “racist” and “a throwback.”

“I think that Jeff Sessions is very dangerous…and I think that he absolutely believes that it’s his job to keep minorities in their place,” Waters told Cape Up host Jonathan Capehart. “And so I think we have to watch him, we have to keep an eye on him and be prepared to push back.”

June 7, 2017:

So Comey told Jeff Sessions he didn’t want to be alone with Trump. Women across the country can relate.

During former FBI director James B. Comey‘s testimony where he accused Trump of firing him over the ongoing Russia investigation, Comey recounted how he told Sessions he didn’t want to be left alone with Trump after he told Comey to end his investigation his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn. Waters used the statement to criticize Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia, as well as reference disparaging remarks he made with Billy Bush back in 2005.

July 27, 2017:

Reclaiming my time.

The phrase that has spawned countless memes and even songs, Waters used the phrase (which is rooted in House floor procedure) during a House Financial Services Committee hearing where she confronted Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and why his office had not responded to a letter from her office regarding Trump’s financial ties to Russian banks. Mnuchin attempted to begin his response by complimenting Waters but the California representative wasn’t having it, telling him: “Thank you for your compliments on how great I am but I don’t want to waste my time on me.” Whenever Mnuchin failed to directly answer Waters’ question she responded with “reclaiming my time.”

Happy birthday to the queen of the eloquent clapback.

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