Representative Maxine Waters has called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, and she told a Congressional Black Caucus Town Hall on Civil Rights that she expects other Black leaders to back her in her efforts.
“Don’t come here and tell me, ‘Maxine, you keep on doing what you do.’ But when you gonna give me some support?” she asked. “How many of you in your organizations have said, ‘Impeach 45’ ?”
She added that it wasn’t necessary to focus on what crime to charge Trump with or what law to invoke to get the impeachment process started.
“Impeachment is about whatever the Congress says it is. There is no law that dictates impeachment. What the Constitution says is ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,’ and we define that,” Waters said.
“Bill Clinton got impeached because he lied. Here you have a president, who I can tell you and guarantee you is in collusion with the Russians to undermine our democracy. Here you have a president who obstructed justice. And here you have a president who lies every day,” she added. “Thank God that the special counsel is beginning to connect the dots — and understand Facebook’s role in it and social media’s role in it. When is the Black community going to say, ‘Impeach him’? It’s time to go after him. I don’t hear you!”
“Don’t another person come up to me and say, ‘You go, girl.’ No, you go!”
At the same event, Waters also called for Black people to get more involved and not to be afraid of being labeled ‘controversial.’
“Let’s work with people who have the passion and you want to do it and to understand how important it is. There are plenty of them in our community but guess what? We don’t associate with them because we think they are too controversial. Black people, you better get controversial. You better be controversial. You had better call it like it is. We have been shut down because others have defined us. When they said to us about 10, 15 years ago, oh, she’s playing the race card. You should say yeah, and I’ve got a lot more I’m going to play,” she said.
“Don’t run away from it,” she added. “That’s what happens. We stop calling a racist a racist because they said that that’s all you do. You don’t do anything else. Don’t let these people intimidate or scare you. You’ve got to get in the fight, and you’ve got to be in the fight to make some sacrifices, to understand when you’re winning, to continue to work, come to make things happen. And I want to tell you, it is time to take off the handcuffs. It’s time to get in it. It’s time to call it like it is.”