Maxine Waters was receiving an award Saturday and gave a speech in which she offered a progressive audience the kind of red meat they obviously crave, i.e. talk about impeaching Trump and, when that’s done, impeaching Pence as well. From the American Mirror which published a video of the event Sunday:
“They say, ‘Maxine, please don’t say impeachment anymore.’
“And when they say that, I say impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment,” she said to applause.
Waters told the crowd she won’t stop with Trump.
“I had a conversation here today with someone asked, ‘Well, what about Pence? If you are able to impeach, Pence will be worse,’” she recollected.
“Well, I said, ‘Look, one at a time.’
“You knock one down, one at a time,” she said.
“You knock one down, and we’ll be ready for Pence. We’ll get him, too,” she vowed.
Waters has been pushing for Trump’s impeachment since before he was even sworn into office, so the idea that she would endorse impeaching Pence now is nothing new.
In addition to the impeachment talk, Waters also re-upped her comments about confronting members of the Trump administration in public. “There are those who said that we lacked civility when I got up and talked about the President’s Cabinet, and I said if you see them anywhere, if you see them at a restaurant, if you see them in a department store, even at a gasoline station, just tell them you’re not welcome here or anywhere,” Waters said. The small crowd cheered as if she was one of their favorite bands playing a hit song.
Waters then said Trump had accused her of threatening his constituents. She joked, “I did not threaten his constituents, his supporters. I do that all the time, but I didn’t do it that time.”
Waters is clearly in her element here. She’s playing up her image as the most outspoken member of the resistance, the one who won’t be silenced by the more pragmatic leadership that worries open talk of impeachment could harm Democrats at the polls. If nothing else, this clip offers insight into what animates the base these days. Here’s the clip: