Maxine Waters on Trump, Bill Cosby and the Youth of Today

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Congressman Maxine Waters speaking at Dick Gregory’s Life Celebration | Photo credit: Charmyonne Bailey for Steed Media

We all know MP Maxine Waters is a spitfire. The oldest black woman in the House voices what she thinks whenever she gets the chance, against any opponent and on any platform. She has shown time and time again that she can cope. His popularity increased after refusing to attend the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. The 79-year-old was given the nickname “Aunt Maxine” by Generation Y after applauding Bill O’Reilly, the now ousted Fox News host. He insulted her hairstyle, saying he was too distracted by her “James Brown wig”. Waters Response: “I am a strong black woman. I can’t be intimidated and I’m not going anywhere, ”has gone viral. The incident prompted black women on social media to launch the hashtag #BlackWomenAtWork to express the challenges black women face in the workplace and their distaste for O’Reilly’s comment. She also coined the phrase “Reclaiming My Time” after interrupting Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. She felt he was dodging her questions during a House Financial Services Committee hearing.

While honoring his longtime friend, legendary black comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory at his Celebration of Life this weekend, Waters told those gathered that she had no time to be sympathetic or shy.

“I have decided, I take off the gloves. I decided that I was not afraid. I decided I didn’t want to be safe. I am not looking for who loves me and who does not love me. It is time for all of us to walk in Dick Gregory’s footsteps, ”she said. His intrepid comment was a build-up to thank the Cosby family. The Cosby’s sent Waters a tree when his mother passed away three years ago. Since Bill Cosby faces sexual assault allegations and has a new trial slated for early spring 2018, many organizations, friends and celebrities have severed ties with him. But Waters says she stays with her friends during tough times. “Thank you Bill and Camille Cosby… Ladies and gentlemen, I am a politician. I’m not supposed to thank Bill and Camille Cosby. A friend in need is a friend indeed and if you can’t stand your friends when they need you, you are not worth your soul, ”she said.

Waters pointed out that some of today’s youth have been problematic because they have been “taken off America’s agenda.” Encouraging her audience, she expressed that the issues of this generation should be the community’s priority. And the solution to most of their problems is to love them, embrace them, and stand up for them when they need it.

How official would an Aunt Maxine speech be if she didn’t cast a shadow over the president? She called for Trump’s impeachment before he was sworn in. Waters has repeatedly called President Trump a “dishonorable human being.” She went further by indicating that her cabinet in the White House was filled with members of the KKK and the Alt-right. She even mentioned what she thought Dick Gregory would say about Trump’s actions with Putin. “Did he collude with Russia? I bet Dick Gregory would say to me, ‘Yeah, he did.’ Whether or not she is impeached, Waters is sure she will leave a lasting impression on the president. “Are we going to let someone come like that ‘thing’ to the White House and dishonor us all? … I don’t think so!” … When I’m done with Donald Trump, he will wish he had been impeached, ”she said.

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