United States Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) went after the entire country, its residents, its improvements, and all the integrity and opportunity that has been installed or grown over the last 200 years, saying that “every day we have seen this nation get more racist.”
The decades-long trek forward from slavery, the civil war, civil rights, and everything that has been done since then is, apparently, thought to all be backward movement, according to Waters, The Daily Wire reported.
The octogenarian lawmaker appeared on KTLA’s “Inside California Politics,” where she made those comments, along with reacting to a speech by the Senate’s only black Republican, Tim Scott, who delivered a rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday.
“Well, you know, I don’t know if he was counseled to say that or whether he really believes that,” Waters said. “If you really believe that, then he has missed not only the history of the country but what is going right now. As we watched the invasion of the Capitol on January 6, those people following Trump say they were taking back their government, and they were willing to harm people.”
“As a matter of not only were they willing to harm people but Capitol Police, who happened to be people of color, African-American, they were calling them names of the N-word. Every day we have seen this nation get more racist than anybody thought perhaps would be at this point in time,” she said.
Waters added: “We’ve been through the civil rights movement where of course, we made some progress, but this president that we had Trump was taking us backward. He was making racist comments. You know, identify himself with people like the Ku Klux Klan and the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers and QAnon. I mean, that is racism defined in the most obvious way, and so to say that this is not a racist country, maybe he meant to say that there are many people who are not racist in this country. But yes, we have a problem with racism.”
Waters was responding to a powerful speech by Scott, a Republican from South Carolina, who took aim at Biden, saying that the president’s speech to Congress was full of “empty platitudes.”
“He promised to unite a nation. To lower the temperature. To govern for all Americans, no matter how we voted,” Scott said of Biden. “That was the pitch. You just heard it again. But our nation is starving for more than empty platitudes. We need policies and progress that bring us closer together.”
“Tonight we also heard about a so-called ‘Family Plan.’ Even more taxing, even more spending, to put Washington even more in the middle of your life — from the cradle to college. The beauty of the American Dream is that families get to define it for themselves,” Scott said.
“We should be expanding opportunities and options for all families — not throwing money at certain issues because Democrats think they know best.”
While Waters might not have been delighted with Scott’s speech, Republicans were delighted with it. It doesn’t hurt that the go-to insult for Democrats is that a conservative is “racist.” Possibly because we know, inherently that it’s incredibly wrong to verbally (or any other way) judge or assault someone for the way they were divinely created.
Scott went for Biden and his party claiming that America is racist saying, “Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country. It’s backward to fight discrimination with different types of discrimination. And it’s wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present.”