Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters is back in the spotlight for yet another memorable tirade, this time concerning her resentment over “offensive” talk of “making America great again” by a white male Republican.
Responding to Rep. Mike Kelly’s declaration that it is time to “stop talking about discrimination and start talking about the nation,” Maxine Waters said that as an African-American woman she’s “more offended” than he will ever be and “resents” all his talk about “making America great again.”
Water began her House floor meltdown after Kelly’s assertion, which he directed at Waters: “We are trying to make sure we are making America great every day in every way and the best way to do that is to stop stalking about discrimination and start talking about the nation. We’re coming together as a people, in spite of what you say.”
When Maxine Waters was yielded floor, she went off.
“Mr. Kelly, please do not leave,” she said. “Because I want you to know that I am more offended as an African-American woman than you will ever be. And this business about ‘making America great again,’ it is your president that’s dividing this country.”
Waters wasn’t done with the identity politics, and she played the gender card. “And don’t talk to me about the fact that we don’t understand,” she said, adding, “That’s the attitude that’s been given toward women time and time again.”
Committee chairman Tom McClintock reminded Waters that lawmakers are supposed to direct their comments to the chairman rather than to other members, but she ignored him, as well as Mike Kelly’s attempt to respond.
“I respect the chair, but don’t stop me in the middle when you didn’t stop him in the middle, and so I shall continue,” said Waters. Then she turned back to Kelly and continued talking about identity politics: “Don’t you dare talk to me like that and think that somehow women don’t understand what goes on on the floor of automobile dealers.”
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When Tom McClintock tried the second time to get the situation under control, Waters slammed him again, Kelly, the president, and the idea of “making America great again.”
“I don’t appreciate that you did not interrupt him when he was making those outrageous remarks about him knowing more about discrimination than I know about discrimination,” she said. “I resent that and I resent the remark about ‘making America great again.’ He’s down here making a speech for this dishonorable president of the United States of America.”
Maxine Waters ended her speech by making sure Mike Kelly knew that she would not yield “one second” to him.
“Having said that, I reserve the balance of my time. And no, I do not yield, not one second to you,” she said, repeating, “Not one second. Not one second to you.”