Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rep. Maxine Waters' No-Holds-Barred Remarks Find Fans

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rep. Maxine Waters' No-Holds-Barred Remarks Find Fans

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Rep. Maxine Waters doesn't expect to pose for a photo with President Donald Trump anytime soon.

In fact, the Democratic congresswoman from California plans to boycott any meeting, event or ceremony with the president, at the White House or even in her home district of Los Angeles.

"I don't see myself meeting with him, sitting down with him, believing anything he would say or even respecting anything he would say," Waters said sternly to the Associated Press. "It would not be honest on my part to go to any ceremonies with him or to pretend I am having a decent conversation with him."

And if Trump personally invited her to the White House for a conversation? "I wouldn't go," she said emphatically.

Waters, 78, has served in Congress for a quarter-century. Now she's turned into the passionate voice of resistance against the Trump administration.

"My spirit tells me I cannot be silent. I must address this so-called president, no matter where it takes me," she said.

Waters is a favorite target for conservatives. Commentator Armstrong Williams said he thought Waters' heated rhetoric was "very sad, very disappointing, and just not the kind of legacy that she would want to be remembered by."

Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly said earlier in the week that he had a hard time concentrating on a Waters speech because he was distracted by her "James Brown wig." He apologized later in the day.

Waters tweeted: "I am a strong black woman. I cannot be intimidated, and I'm not going anywhere."

Waters skipped Trump's first address to Congress after calling him abnormal, "potentially dangerous for this country," an all-around horrible bully who offends her and most Americans with his runaway mouth and uncouth actions.

Another day, she called Trump offensive, potentially dangerous, someone who may eventually warrant impeachment and a male chauvinist pig who bragged about groping women in one sitting.

The memes, the retweets and the pictures of her reactions have gotten her a lot of traction with young people, said Rashad Robinson, executive director of online civil rights group Color of Change.

"In this moment of facing an authoritarian racist who tweets constantly, it feels nice to see someone on our side who isn't afraid," he said. …

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