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WATERS' TIES TO COMMUNIST & SOCIALIST GROUPS, CAUSES, & INDIVIDUALS (INCLUDING FIDEL CASTRO)
n 1982 Waters lent her name to a pamphlet published by the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, a Communist Party USA front group that was led by Party members and supporters including Angela Davis, Charlene Mitchell, Anne Braden, and Frank Chapman.
On March 9, 1983 in Los Angeles, Waters participated in a gathering where some 300 people laid out plans for a large solidarity event that was slated to coincide with the L.A. Summer Olympics July/August 1984. The 1983 meeting that Waters attended was organized by the Federation
For Progress, a Communist Workers Party front group. For further details about that meeting and its participants
n February 1984 at UC Berkeley, Waters spoke at a conference called “Growth Pains: Dialogues on Employment, Equality and Environment.” The event was sponsored by the Democratic Socialists of America and Socialist Review, the monthly magazine of the Socialist Workers Party.
Circa July 1984, Waters was a sponsor of a San Francisco reception organized by the Democratic Socialists of America's American Solidarity Movement, whose Initiating Committee included such notables as Michael Harrington, Stanley Aronowitz, Balfour Brickner, Harry Britt,
Harvey Cox, Ron Dellums, Bogdan Denitch, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cynthia Epstein, Jules Feiffer, Barney Frank, George Higgins, Irving Howe, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Frances Fox Piven, Jose Rivera, Ray Rogers, Gloria Steinem, Peter Steinfels, and Ellen Willis.
Waters served on the welcoming committee for an April 27 1991 event in Los Angeles honoring South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani. The attendees that day contributed more than $12,000 to help fund the SACP and the People's Weekly World the official newspaper of the
Communist Party USA.
“In May 1992,” reports author and political activist Trevor Loudon, “Waters put her name to a supplement in the Communist Party‘s newspaper, the People’s Weekly World, which called for readers to 'support our continuing struggle for justice and dignity.' Virtually all other
signatories were known Communist Party members or supporters.”
In October 1992, Waters was in St. Louis to keynote a meeting of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, an organization that began as a Communist Party front.
Waters has been a longtime supporter of the former Black Panther, convicted cop-killer, and Marxist icon Mumia Abu-Jamal. In 1995 – fourteen years after Abu-Jamal had been found guilty of murdering Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner
Waters joined fellow Congressional Black Caucus members Chaka Fattah, Ron Dellums, Cynthia McKinney, and John Conyers in writing a letter that stated: “There is ample evidence that Mr. Abu-Jamal’s constitutional rights were violated, that he did not receive a fair trial, and that
in fact, innocent.” On August 13, 1995, Waters and Jesse Jackson were among the notables who attended a Los Angeles rally to protest Abu-Jamal's murder conviction.
n the mid-1990s, Waters employed Patrick Lacefield, a prominent member of Democratic Socialists of America, as her press secretary and speechwriter.
Beginning in the mid-1990s as well, Waters became an outspoken champion for Lori Berenson, an American citizen who in 1995 was arrested in Peru for collaborating with Marxist guerrillas on a plot to kidnap members of the Peruvian Congress,
and who in 1996 was sentenced to life-in-prison for her crime (a sentence that was later reduced to 20 years). In July 2002, Waters said the following about the Berenson case: “I am outraged and appalled by the continuing incarceration of Lori Berenson on charges of collaborating
with terrorists in Peru. Lori Berenson is not a terrorist, nor has she ever collaborated with terrorists. She is an intelligent and caring young woman who is committed to justice.”
When Berenson was given a conditional early release from prison in May 2010, Waters said she was “excited” about the court's decision.
At a June 1996 tribute event which the Communist Party USA newspaper People's Weekly World held in Los Angeles for unionists Jerry Acosta and Gilbert Cedillo, one of Waters's staffers made a presentation to the honorees on behalf of the congresswoman.
In July 1996, the Democratic Socialists of America's Political Action Committee endorsed Waters's candidacy in the race for California's District 35 Congressional seat.
In 1997 Waters was one of 33 original co-sponsors of the Job Creation and Infrastructure Restoration Act which was introduced into Congress by California Rep. Matthew Martinez. This emergency federal jobs legislation was designed to create jobs at union wages in crisis-ridden
cities by putting the unemployed to work on infrastructure projects such as rebuilding schools, housing, hospitals, libraries, public transportation, highways, and parks.
Rep. Martinez had already introduced a version of this bill in the previous Congress at the request of the Los Angeles Labor Coalition for Public Works Jobs, whose leaders were known supporters or members of the Communist Party USA.
On September 29, 1998, Waters wrote a letter to Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in which she apologized for having “mistakenly” voted for a House Resolution that called on the Government of Cuba to extradite to the United States the fugitive Assata Shakur and, as Waters put it, “all
“all other individuals who have fled the United States from political persecution and received political asylum in Cuba.” Shakur was a former Black Panther, a Marxist revolutionary, and a convicted cop-killer who had broken out of prison in 1979 and subsequently fled to Cuba,
where Castro gave her safe haven. In her 1998 letter to Castro, Waters referred to Shakur as a “political activist.”
The congresswoman also explained that she herself – along with a number of her fellow Congressional Black Caucus members – had unwittingly voted in favor of the House Resolution because “the Republican leadership quietly slipped this bill onto the accelerated suspension calendar”
which was “supposed to be reserved for non-controversial legislation.” “As evidence of their deceptive intent,” Waters added, “the Resolution did not mention Assata Shakur, but chose to only call her [by her birth name] Joanne Chesimard....
Once I discovered the nature of this deception, I prepared a statement of opposition, which I delivered on the floor the next day. I unequivocally stated that a mistake was made and I would have voted against the legislation.”
Waters then proceeded to tell Castro why she was opposed to the House Resolution:
“I support the right of all nations to grant political asylum to individuals fleeing political persecution.... [I]t is the inviolate right of legitimate governments to grant asylum pursuant to the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights....
Just as we maintain the right to grant political asylum for individuals from Cuba, we must respect the right of the government of Cuba to grant political asylum for individuals from the U.S. fleeing political persecution....
The second reason I oppose this measure is because I respect the right of Assata Shakur to seek political asylum. Assata Shakur has maintained that she was persecuted as a result of her political beliefs and political affiliations.
As a result, she left the United States and sought political asylum in Cuba, where she still resides. In a sad and shameful chapter of our history, during the 1960s and 1970s, many civil rights, Black Power and other politically active groups were secretly targeted by the FBI for
for prosecution based on their political beliefs.... [T]he most vicious and reprehensible acts were taken against the leaders and organizations associated with the Black Power or Black Liberation Movement.
Assata Shakur was a member of the Black Panther Party, one of the leading groups associated with the Black Liberation Movement.”
In 1999, when six-year-old Elian Gonzalez famously requested asylum in the U.S. after his mother had drowned during their escape from Castro's Cuba, Waters pressured President Bill Clinton to return the boy immediately to his homeland. During the controversy over the matter,
Waters met with the boy's father and grandmothers, thereby giving political and propaganda support to Castro. When the grandmothers traveled to the U.S., Waters hosted them on Capitol Hill and told them: “If you do not fight for Elián, they win. You fight, and you win.”
In February 1999, Waters presided over a delegation of six Congressional Black Caucus members – including also Barbara Lee, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Julia Carson, Gregory Meeks, and Earl Hilliard – to Cuba.
The purpose of this fact-finding mission was to gather information that “would help the Black Caucus take a leading role in introducing legislation to change current U.S. policies toward Cuba.”
In January 2000, Waters headed another Congressional Black Caucus delegation to Cuba, this time to monitor a U.S. Medical/Healthcare exhibition in Havana. The trip was sponsored by the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization / Pastors for Peace.
On September 9, 2000, Waters was among the many people who greeted and honored Fidel Castro during his visit to Harlem’s Riverside Church. “Viva Fidel!” the congresswoman shouted jubilantly. At the event, Castro said: “I came to Harlem because I knew it was here that I would find
my best friends.”
In 2004, Waters lauded Stanley Sheinbaum, a Los Angeles-based activist and funder of left-wing causes,as someone who had been a trustworthy friend and a valuable mentor to her. “I’ve used him as a sounding board for years,” the congresswoman said.
“He has been influencing progressive politics in this country, really the world, for a long time.” Over the years, Scheinbaum has been an organizer of the Pentagon Papers-Daniel Ellsberg Defense Team (in 1971); the publisher of New Perspectives Quarterly;
a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions; chairman of the American Civil Liberties Foundation of Southern California; a founding member of People for the American Way; and a member of the Los Angeles chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America.
In April 2004, Waters participated in a rally organized by the International Action Center, an offshoot organization of the Marxist-Leninist Workers World Party. The leaflet inviting people to attend the rally placed Waters's name at the very top of the guest list
In February 2005, Waters sent her congressional aide April Lawrence to speak at an “anti-war and social justice conference” co-sponsored by the International Action Center (a Workers World Party offshoot) and the L.A. Million Worker March Committee
(a socialist entity whose purpose was to “expos[e] the real nature of the two parties that support big business and capitalism,” and to “challenge the capitalist class.”
In May 2005, Waters was one of just 22 House members to vote against HR 193, a Republican-sponsored bill stating that the House of Representatives: (a) “extends its support and solidarity to the organizers and participants of the historic meeting of the Assembly to Promote the
Civil Society in Cuba on May 20, 2005, in Havana”; (b) “urges the international community to support the Assembly's mission to bring democracy to Cuba”; (c) “urges the [Bush] Administration and international community to actively oppose any attempts by the Castro regime
to repress or punish the organizers and participants of the Assembly”; and (d) “shares the pro-democracy ideals of the Assembly to Promote the Civil Society in Cuba and believes that this Assembly and others will hasten the day of freedom and democracy for the people of Cuba.”
HR 193 passed by a margin of 392 to 22. Joining Waters in opposition to the bill were the following Democrats: Reps. John Conyers, Sam Farr, Maurice Hinchey, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Carolyn Kilpatrick, Dennis Kucinich, Barbara Lee, Jim McDermott, Cynthia McKinney, Gregory Meeks,
George Miller, John Olver, Donald Payne, Charlie Rangel, José Serrano, Pete Stark, Edolphus Towns, Tom Udall, Nydia Velázquez, and Lynn Woolsey.
In a May 2008 congressional hearing on gasoline prices, Shell Oil President John Hofmeister stated: “I can guarantee to the American people because of the inaction of the United States Congress, ever-increasing prices, unless the demand comes down, and that $5 [per gallon] will
will look like a very low price in the years to come if we are prohibited from finding new [oil] reserves, new opportunities to increase supplies.” In response, Waters stated flatly that she favored nationalizing America's oil companies:
“And guess what this liberal will be all about? This liberal will be about socializing – would be about, basically, taking over, and the government running all of your companies.”
In 2009 Waters was a guest speaker at an event organized by the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, a group whose board of directors included Workers World Party organizer Abayomi Azikiwe, who also chaired the event.
In 2010, Waters served on the Advisory Board of Progressive Democrats of America, whose leadership consisted of several activists affiliated with the Democratic Socialists of America.
In November 2010, Waters and 15 other congressional Democrats met—either personally or through their respective staffers—with three supporters of the Marxist-Leninist Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack (FRSO/FB). Those FRSO/FB supporters, representing the Committee to
Stop FBI Repression, expressed their condemnation of “the FBI raids and grand jury subpoenas of people doing international solidarity work and anti-war organizing.” It was reported that Waters and her 15 colleagues in Congress expressed “genuine concern” about the situation.
In the fall of 2011, Waters supported the anti-capitalist Occupy Wall Street movement for “bring[ing] attention to this economic crisis and the unfairness of the system.”
In early 2013, Waters was one of dozens of prominent leftists who urged President Barack Obama to award, posthumously, the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the late Fred Ross Sr., a Saul Alinsky-trained radical who mentored both Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta.
WATERS' CORRUPTION
1) For a number of years, Waters' daughter Karen has been in charge of a “slate mailer” operation for Waters' federal campaign committee, Citizens for Waters (CfW), where other political candidates pay CfW to endorse them in its mailers. These payments to CfW have ranged from as
little as $250 for a school board candidate, to tens of thousands of dollars for higher-profile candidates, to $171,000 for a wealthy California businessman who ran for elected office.
(One of the more prominent individuals to appear on Waters's endorsement mailers was Kamala Harris, who in 2010, when she was running for California attorney general, paid $28,000 to Waters' campaign committee for that privilege.
When Harris ran for the Senate in 2016, she gave CfW another $30,000 in order to appear in the mailers.) From 2006 through April 2017, Karen Waters was paid approximately $640,000 in wages for her slate mailer services.
. A May 2017 report in the Washington Free Beacon stated: “[Maxine] Waters' most recent filings to the Federal Election Commission show that an outstanding balance of $108,952.15 is owed to Karen Waters. When Karen is paid the money that she is owed, she will have pocketed around
$750,000 for running the mailers for the campaign since 2006.”
2) In 2005/2006, the left-leaning organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington(CREW) named Maxine Waters as one of the 13 “Most Corrupt Members of Congress.” The CREW report cited a December 2004 Los Angeles Times investigation disclosing how three of Waters’
closest relatives had made more than $1 million during the preceding eight years by doing business with companies, candidates, and issue organizations that Waters had helped. One of these relatives was Waters' aforementioned daughter Karen, who not only charged candidates for
space on her mother's “slate mailer,” but also received payments from a nonprofit organization which she and the congresswoman had established, and which was partially funded by special interests that Rep. Waters supported in Washington.
Moreover, the Times reported that Waters' husband Sidney had “collected fees for opening doors with his wife's political allies on behalf of a bond firm seeking government business,” while Waters' son Edward had “shared in the slate mailer proceeds and … occasionally worked as a
consultant to campaigns his mother supported.”
The CREW report also included information about money that Rep. Waters's husband and son had received as a result of the congresswoman's political connections:
“Rep. Waters’ husband, Sidney Williams, has also benefitted financially from his wife’s political clout, working as a part-time consultant for a bond underwriting firm, Siebert, Brandford, & Shank. Despite having no apparent background in the bond business prior to his work as a
consultant for the company, Mr. Williams has collected close to $500,000 by making valuable introductions for Siebert to politicians who have received his wife’s support. Government bond deals are awarded based on negotiations, allowing Mr. Williams
capitalize on his wife’s connections to close many lucrative business deals for Siebert, from which he has personally profited. For example, when school board members in Inglewood, a city in Rep. Waters’ congressional district to which she guaranteed a $10 million
loan from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, needed a bond underwriting firm to handle a $40 million school bond sale, they chose Siebert. Mr. Williams earned $54,000 in commission from the deal.”
“Rep. Waters’ son, Edward Waters, together with her husband Sidney Williams, benefitted from Rep. Waters’ political connections when they won a 20-year lease to run the county-owned Chester Washington Golf Course in South Los Angeles.
The key decision-maker for the deal was County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, in whose district the golf course was located. Rep. Waters handed the County Supervisor a victory just several months earlier when she endorsed Ms. Burke in a close election.
Financial records indicate that Mr. Williams and Mr. Waters earned between $140,000 and $400,000 through the golf venture. In addition, both of Rep. Waters’ children have collected money working as paid consultants for politicians and interests endorsed by their mother.”
The CREW report explained that Members of the House are required to “adhere to 5 CFR §2635.702(a), issued by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics for the Executive Branch.” This statute stipulates that: “An employee shall not use or permit the use of his Government position or
or title or any authority associated with his public office in a manner that is intended to coerce or induce another person ..to provide any benefit , financial or otherwise, to himself or to friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental
capacity.” In CREW's estimation: “Rep. Waters has assisted her family in making commercial deals from which they have reaped personal financial gain.
By allowing the use of her name and authority associated with her position as a member of the House in this manner, Rep. Waters has run afoul of 5 CFR §2635.702(a). In addition, this conduct does not reflect creditably on the House of Representatives.”
Waters declined to be interviewed about these matters, saying only that her family members “do their business, and I do mine.” To view the 2005 CREW report (which is largely but not entirely identical to the 2006 report),
3) During the national financial crisis that struck in the autumn of 2008, Waters was lobbied by representatives of OneUnited Bank, a black-owned depository institution that was seeking a federal government bailout – despite the fact that a government agency had just criticized
OneUnited for “operating without effective underwriting standards and practices,” “operating without an effective loan documentation program,” and “engaging in speculative investment practices.” Michelle Malkin summarizes the case as follows:
“OneUnited Bank received $12 million in federal TARP bailout money after Waters' office personally intervened and lobbied the Treasury Department in 2008. The minority depository institution was seeking a backdoor government rescue
from its reckless decision to squander nearly $52 million of its bank capital on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac preferred stock. Lavish spending by top bank executive Kevin Cohee, who boasted a company-financed Porsche and a Santa Monica, Calif., beachfront mansion, compounded the
bank's problems....
“Only through Waters' intervention was OneUnited able to secure an emergency meeting with the Treasury and its then-Secretary Henry Paulson. The bailout beggars did so under the guise of representing the 'National Bankers Association.'
But records obtained by congressional investigators showed that OneUnited's legal counsel, vice president and president (the latter two are married to each other) spearheaded the meeting and its agenda and drafted the talking points/briefing material for Waters.
“OneUnited executives had donated $12,500 to Waters' congressional campaigns. Her husband, Sidney Williams, was an investor in one of the banks that merged into OneUnited. His stock holdings were estimated at $350,000. Waters meddled despite warnings from fellow Democratic Rep
Barney Frank to keep her nose out of the case.
“E-mails obtained by public interest legal foundation Judicial Watch and … the Washington Post reveal that federal bank examiners were livid about the intervention of … Waters. 'There are some really good people expressing very strong opinions regarding
what they view as a travesty of justice regarding the special treatment' OneUnited is receiving, acting regional director John M. Lane complained in a March 2009 e-mail to Christopher J. Spoth, a senior FDIC consumer protection official.
“On Jan. 13, 2009, Brookly McLaughlin, then-Treasury Department deputy assistant secretary for public affairs, e-mailed her shock at Waters' apparent conflict of interest regarding OneUnited:
'Further to email below, WSJ [Wall Street Journal] tells me: ...Apparently this bank is the only one that has gotten money through section 103-6 of the EESA law. And Maxine Waters' husband is on the board of the bank. ??????'”
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which named Waters to its list of “Most Corrupt Members of Congress” because of this matter in both 2009 and 2011, said at the time: “In the midst of a national financial catastrophe, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
used her position as a senior member of Congress and member of the House Financial Services Committee to prevail upon Treasury officials to meet with OneUnited Bank. She never disclosed that her husband held stock in the bank.
This outrageous conduct has led [CREW]o include the congresswoman as one of the Most Corrupt Members of Congress.” CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan added: “By contacting then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to request a meeting,
allegedly for a group of minority-owned banks, but then arranging for only one bank – OneUnited, in which she had a financial interest – to attend, Rep. Waters violated House conflict of interest rules.”
“Congresswoman Waters abused her office,” said CREW in June 2010, “and she must be held accountable for her actions. The Statement of Alleged Violation[s] released by the House Ethics Committee confirms the congresswoman intervened on behalf of OneUnited Bank
despite the fact that she knew her actions constituted a conflict of interest.” That House Ethics Committee report was a damning document showing a series of emails wherein Waters, through her chief of staff (and grandson) Mikael Moore, was actively involved in the
OneUnited matter, communicating back and forth with bank officials and discussing what progress was being made, as well as strategy going forward. To view the details of these communications, click here.
Damning documents in the above link 👆
On August 2, 2010, the House Ethics Committee filed three charges against Waters, alleging that she had used her influence to gain special favors (from the federal government) for OneUnited.
In September 2012, the House Ethics Committee issued a report clearing Waters of all ethics charges related to allegations that she had tried to secure federal bailout money for OneUnited during the 2008 financial crisis. According to The Hill:
“The committee's report determined that Waters had taken significant steps to remove herself from negotiations involving One United Bank's bailout, including alerting Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), the then-chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, about the possible
conflict of interest.”
The Ethics Committee did rule, however, that Waters' grandson and chief of staff Mikael Moore had somehow proceeded, without the congresswoman's knowledge or approval, to lobby for special treatment for OneUnited.
The Washington Examiner noted that: “At best, that shows that Waters runs a haphazard office. At worst, it suggests she deliberately took steps to avoid prosecution” – i.e., by having all her communications with OneUnited go through Moore.
In response to the House Ethics Committee decision regarding Waters, CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan issued the following statement:
“CREW accepts the conclusions of House Ethics Committee outside counsel Billy Martin exonerating Rep. Waters, but urges the committee to immediately release Mr. Martin’s report explaining why the congresswoman’s actions on behalf of a bank in which her husband maintained a
financial interest did not constitute a conflict.
“As both Mr. Martin and the committee noted, questions remain about the actions of Rep. Waters’ chief of staff, Mikael Moore. Today we learned that at some point, the congresswoman directed Mr. Moore to stay out of the OneUnited Bank matter.
Whether Mr. Moore sent two additional emails to the House Financial Services Committee referencing the bank before or after this conversation is unclear. Further, Mr. Moore’s claim that Rep. Waters directed him to steer clear of the OneUnited matter for just one day does not
make sense. Nevertheless, as Mr. Moore did not have a personal financial interest in OneUnited, it is hard to imagine why he would continue to push the issue once Rep. Waters had told him to stop.
“Despite the problems with Mr. Moore’s past statements, given that the committee has exonerated Rep. Waters, it is strange that it would find Mr. Moore has brought discredit upon the House. Taking into account all of the misconduct the committee previously has excused,...
it is unclear what the Ethics Committee expects to gain by taking such a hard line against a staff member who did not stand to personally benefit from his actions.”
According to Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton, California Democratic congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, a friend of Waters, helped delay Waters’s trial before the House Ethics Committee by stalling subpoenas and improperly firing two lawyers who were working on the investigation.
“Six of ten House Ethics panel members quit the case in 2012 over questions about their partiality,” writes Michelle Malkin, noting that it was ultimately “an outside investigator” who “absolved Waters of any wrongdoing.”
4) In November 2010, The Washington Times reported: “A lobbyist known as one of California’s most successful power brokers while serving as a legislative leader in that state paid Rep. Maxine Waters’ husband $15,000 in consulting fees at a time she was co-sponsoring
egislation that would help save the real-estate finance business” of one of the lobbyist’s best-paying clients…” Four years earlier, in 2006, an IRS report had declared such “real-estate finance businesses” to be a “scam.”
WATERS' ACCUSATIONS OF WHITE “RACISM” AND HER CONTEMPT FOR BLACK CONSERVATIVES
Throughout her career in Congress, Waters has routinely depicted white people who do not share her political or ideological values, as racists.
In 1984, Waters said that President Ronald Reagan ran on a platform “which snidely suggested that he was going to put Blacks in their place once and for all.” She derided Reagan's black supporters, meanwhile, as “Uncle Tom” and “Aunt Tomasina.”
When Waters endorsed Bill Clinton for U.S. President in 1992, she accused Clinton's Republican opponent, incumbent President George H.W. Bush, of being “a racist” who had “polarized the races in this country,” and as “a mean-spirited man who has no care or concern about what
happens to the African-American community in this country.” “I think that Bill Clinton is much better on the race question than George Bush,” Waters added. “Not good enough, but most whites in America are not good enough on the race question, and we all understand that.
I just think that George Bush is worse than most.”
Ron Christie, an African American who served as special assistant to President George W. Bush and deputy assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney from 2001-04, recalls that when he began working in 1991 as a young legislative aide for Republican Congressman Craig James,
“it didn’t take long” for Maxine Waters to chastise him. Waters called Christie on the phone and said, “Young man, this is Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and I would like to speak to you immediately.” When Christie went to Waters's office as instructed, the congresswoman asked him
angrily: “What are you doing working for Mr. James?... I want to know why you're working for a Republican. Are you confused?” When Christie identified himself as a Republican and stated that “I work with Congressman James because I share his
values,” Waters thundered: “You're a sellout to your race! White people work for Republicans! Not African Americans! You're nothing but an Uncle Tom!”
In 2001 Waters depicted the retiring moderate Republican mayor of Los Angeles, Richard Riordan, as a “plantation owner.”
Waters played the race card in August 2010, when the House Ethics Committee was investigating her for having used her political influence to help officials of OneUnited Bank get a special meeting in 2008 with then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson –
a meeting that laid the groundwork for OneUnited receiving $12 million in federal TARP bailout money. OneUnited was a depository institution whose executives had donated $12,500 to Waters' congressional campaigns, and in which Waters's husband held some $350,000 worth of stock.
“The question at this point should not be why I called Secretary Paulson, but why I had to,” said Waters defiantly. “The question at this point should be why a trade association representing over 100 minority banks could not get a meeting at the height of the [2008 financial]
crisis"
Waters objected strenuously to the Supreme Court's June 2013 decision in Shelby County [Alabama] v. Holder, where the Court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act -- a provision that required states with histories of election-related discrimination to obtain federal
pre-approval for any new voting measure they wished to adopt was unconstitutional, as it had become nothing more than an anachronism. Waters denounced the new ruling as a “slick, calculated, dastardly decision to keep us [blacks] from voting and keep us from the voting booth.”
Waters likewise objected to North Carolina's July 2013 decision to approve new laws requiring voters to present government-issued IDs at their polling places, shortening the early voting period from 17 days to 10, doing away with same-day voter registration, and requiring that
any changes in voter registration be made at least 25 days before an election. Asserting that “North Carolina has just gone crazy,” Waters condemned “the right-wing Republicans” who were “pushing restrictive voter ID legislation”
not only in North Carolina but “in states around the country,” in order to “make it more difficult for us [blacks] to make our voices heard.”
In August 2014, Waters traveled to St. Louis to attend the funeral of Michael Brown, a 6-foot-4-inch, 300-pound black man who had been shot and killed during a highly publicized altercation with a white police officer named Darren Wilson two weeks earlier in Ferguson, Missouri.
“I have been in contact with some of the elected officials and community leaders in the St. Louis area and join with the overall community in calling for justice for Michael Brown,” Waters said in a statement issued shortly before the funeral. Adding that she was
“particularly sympathetic to the parents and relatives of Michael Brown for their loss,” Waters vowed that “while I am in St. Louis, I will meet with local leaders and offer my assistance in future political organizing to help create change in the Ferguson community.”
Ultimately, the evidence pertaining to this case showed that: (a) Officer Wilson knew from the outset that Brown had just carried out a reported strongarmed robbery at a convenience store (apparently in frustration over the fact that his attempted drug deal
with an employee at that store had failed to materialize as planned); (b) Brown initiated the attack on Officer Wilson while the latter was still inside his police car; (c) Brown grabbed Wilson's gun during the initial struggle, causing the weapon to fire twice; (d) the
much-smaller Wilson, who feared for his life during the struggle, repeatedly told Brown to surrender, but to no avail; and (e) Brown, who had marijuana in his system and on his possession at the time
of his altercation with Wilson, was aggressively charging the officer when he was fatally shot.
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In a May 9, 2017 podcast with the Washington Post, Waters asserted that former U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, whom President Donald Trump had appointed as Attorney General, was “a racist”; “a throwback to the days of Jim Crow in the South”;
a man who “absolutely believes that it’s his job to keep minorities in their place”; and a man sympathetic to the Ku Klux Klan. She said it was “very dangerous” for the U.S. to have Sessions as the Attorney General, given the fact that
“we're still faced with the fact that police officers will not be charged criminally, for the most part, for killing people of color.”
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When Fox News host Tucker Carlson in 2017 questioned how Waters had managed to become so wealthy during the course of her 26 years in Congress – e.g., she owned a $4.8 million mansion in the upscale Hancock Park section of Los Angeles –
the congresswoman accused Carlson of racism. Said Waters: “I own several properties. The Way Carlson talked about it is: What right does an African-American woman have to do well? He doesn't know anything about my investments, about the house that I've lived in for 25, 30 years.
This idea of 'How could she afford that?' is racist, and I just dismiss it.” In response, Carlson reported that according to real-estate records, Waters had purchased her home just 13 years earlier, and had spent “an awful lot since to remodel it.”
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In early August 2017, Waters was angered by Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz's remarks about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's recent decision to impanel a grand jury to investigate Donald Trump (and his presidential campaign's relationship with Russia)
in the District of Columbia rather than in Virginia. Said Dershowitz: “[Washington] has an ethnic and racial composition that would be somewhat less favorable to Donald Trump.” Waters, in turn, characterized Dershowitz's statement as “absolutely racist” and vowed, “We will not
not stand for it."
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On March 4, 2018, Waters reacted angrily to President Donald Trump's humorous assertion, which he had made the previous evening at the annual Gridiron Club Dinner in Washington, that Waters, who had been relentlessly smearing Trump
p and calling for his impeachment since the very start of his presidency, “has to immediately take an IQ test.” Said Waters: “This president has been called stupid, he has been called ignorant, and even his Secretary of State did not deny that he called him
a moron. And so he has no credibility. He has been name calling. He’s been saying all kinds of things. And I certainly expected him to come out with some racist remarks about me. So he did exactly what I expected him do. And, by the way, I’m told he wasn’t funny at all.”
Maxine Waters: Trump Questioning My IQ Is ‘Racist’
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Beginnings
Maxine Waters was born on August 15, 1938, in a St. Louis, Missouri housing project. She was the fifth of thirteen children, raised by a single mother in a home that was visited regularly by welfare and social workers.
In 1961 Waters moved to Los Angeles, where she took jobs working for a garment factory and a telephone company. In 1966 she was hired as an assistant teacher with the Head Start program in the Watts section of Los Angeles. During her tenure with Head Start, Waters studied
sociology at California State University in L.A., eventually graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1970.
Waters Enters Politics
Waters entered politics in 1973 as chief deputy to Los Angeles City Councilman David Cunningham. Three years later she was elected to the California Assembly, the lower house of the state legislature, where she went on to serve from 1977-91.
In 1980 Waters became a member of the Democratic National Committee and subsequently served as a key leader in the presidential campaigns of Ted Kennedy 1980 Jesse Jackson (Waters was the national co-chair of Jackson's White House bids in 1984 & 1988 and Bill Clinton 1992 & 1996
Maxine Waters, patron saint of resistance politics
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Waters Accuses the CIA of Selling Crack Cocaine in Black Neighborhoods
Which she is probably right about.
In the 1980s Waters accused the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of selling crack cocaine in black urban neighborhoods across the country. At that time, the Christic Institute was making high-profile claims that “a criminal enterprise of retired military officer
former intelligence officials, and private 'soldiers of fortune'” had allowed Colombian drug traffickers to smuggle crack from their native country to the United States through Contra-controlled bases in Central America.
According to the Christic Institute, that cocaine was then sold—with the full knowledge of officials in the Reagan White House, the Justice Department, and the CIA—to dealers and users in mostly-black U.S. ghettos. The revenues from those sales, in turn, were allegedly used to
finance the Reagan-supported Contra war against the Marxist Sandinistas in Nicaragua. The Christic Institute used these charges as the basis for a lawsuit it filed against a number of CIA agents. Moreover, the charges gained considerable public traction through a series of exposé
articles in the San Jose Mercury-News by reporter Gary Webb. Waters cited Webb's articles as proof of a racist plot that was designed to turn black urban areas into vast crack dens and, by logical extension, fill America's prisons with black inmates.
At a town hall meeting about the allegations, the congresswoman shouted, “If I never do anything else in this career as a member of Congress, I’m gonna make somebody pay for what they’ve done to my community and to my people!”
WHAT IS THE CHRISTIC INSTITUTE?
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Cocaine conspiracy theories and the CIA in Central America.
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CIA 'CRACK' STORY AN OFT-RECYCLED LIE
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Elder: Why is Maxine Waters Silent on the Terrorist-Drug Dealing Probe That Obama Shut Down?
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Waters's Views Regarding the Los Angeles Riots of 1992, and Her Light-Hearted Hijinks with Gang Members
During the April 1992 riots that took place in the wake of the infamous Rodney King trial, Waters described the violence (in which at least 58 people were killed) as “a spontaneous reaction to a lot of injustice and a lot of alienation and frustration.”
Chanting the slogan “No justice, no peace,” she attributed the rioters’ underlying rage to the federal government’s allegedly longstanding “neglect” of America’s inner cities.[1] Asserting that racial injustice was rampant in America, Waters claimed that the L.A. tumult could
rightly be called a “rebellion” or “insurrection,” but not a riot. “Riot implies to me wild, crazed, uncalled-for actions,” she explained, “and I’m not so sure that’s quite appropriate for what took place in Los Angeles.”
“If you call it a riot,” the congresswoman added, “it sounds like it was just a bunch of crazy people who went out and did bad things for no reason. I maintain it was somewhat understandable, if not acceptable. So I call it a rebellion.”
Top 10 Outrageous Maxine Waters Quotes
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Waters Attends Anti-Semitic Farrakhan Rally
Maxine Waters Attended Nation Of Islam Convention Where Farrakhan Defended Suicide Bombers
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Waters & The Progressive Majority
In 2003, Waters served on the Advisory Committee of the Progressive Majority, which was founded in 2001 by Robert Borosage to help elect as many “progressive champions” to political office as possible.
Reparations for Slavery
In 2005 Waters co-sponsored Rep. John Conyers's bill calling for reparations for slavery to be paid to present-day African Americans.
Booker T and the Reparations Hustle
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Waters and the 2008 Financial Crisis
Waters' affinity for the unsound economic policies that ultimately caused the financial crisis of 2008 are worth examining. Specifically, the congresswoman supported the early-1990s decision by the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to pressure the
government-sponsored enterprises [GSEs] Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two largest sources of housing finance in the United States, to earmark a rising percentage of their loans for low-income borrowers. These political pressures entirely restructured the landscape of the
mortgage-lending industry. Thus, subprime loans, which had constituted a tiny percentage of all mortgages in the '90s, accounted for fully 19% of mortgages by 2006. At the same time, other nontraditional loans (such as zero-downpayment loans) accounted for nearly 14% of all loans
s by 2006. With so many underqualified borrowers now holding mortgages which they would be unable to pay, the real-estate market became a proverbial house of cards whose collapse was inevitable.
COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT ACT AND THE HOUSING MARKET CRISIS OF 2008
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Salaries and Benefits of US Congress Members: The Truth
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Waters foresaw none of this. In fact, she opposed efforts to head off the disaster. At a September 2003 hearing of the House Committee on Financial Services, for instance, the congresswoman said: “Mr. Chairman,
we do not have a crisis at Freddie Mac, and in particular at Fannie Mae, under the outstanding leadership of Mr. Frank Raines. Everything in the 1992 act has worked just fine. In fact, the GSEs have exceeded their housing goals.
What we need to do today is to focus on the regulator, and this must be done in a manner so as not to impede their affordable housing mission, a mission that has seen innovation flourish from desktop underwriting to 100 percent loans.”
H.R. 2575—THE SECONDARY
MORTGAGE MARKET ENTERPRISES
REGULATORY IMPROVEMENT ACT
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Democratic Coverup for Fannie and Freddie Led to 2008 Meltdown
humanevents.com/2008/09/30/dem…
Emphasizing her support for policies that permitted nonwhites to obtain mortgages even if they failed to meet the financial qualifications for standard loans – e.g., being able to make a down-payment on a home purchase –
aters happily announced that “since the inception of goals from 1993 to 2002, loans to African-Americans increased 219 percent and loans to Hispanics increased 244 percent, while loans to non-minorities increased 62 percent.
Additionally, in 2001, 43.1 percent of Fannie Mae’s single-family business served low-and moderate-income borrowers….” “The GSEs are working,” Waters declared triumphantly, reiterating her opposition to increased oversight.
Waters's View Regarding Israel's Right to Defend Itself Against Hamas Terrorists
In January 2009 Waters voted “No” on House Resolution 34, titled “Recognizing Israel’s Right to Defend Itself Against Attacks from Gaza, Reaffirming the United States’ Strong Support for Israel, and Supporting the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process.” The bill began by articulating
the fact that Hamas:
“was founded with the stated goal of destroying the State of Israel”;
“has been designated by the United States as a Foreign Terrorist Organization”;
“has refused to … recognize Israel’s right to exist, renounce violence, and agree to accept previous agreements between Israel
and the Palestinians”;
“has launched thousands of rockets and mortars against Israeli population centers since 2001”;
“has increased the range and payload of its rockets”; and
“locates elements of its terrorist infrastructure in civilian population centers, thus using innocent
civilians as human shields.”
HR 34 passed in the House of Representatives by a margin of 390 to 5, with Waters being one of the 5 dissenters.
Support for Continued Funding of ACORN
When the House of Representatives voted by a 345-75 margin to defund the notoriously corrupt community organization ACORN in September 2009, Waters was one of the 75—all Democrats—who voted to continue funding the group. For a list of other legislators who voted as Waters did
DEMOCRATS WHO VOTED AGAINST DEFUNDING ACORN IN SEPTEMBER 2009
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Attempt to Interfere in Haitian Political Affairs
In a March 2011 email published by WikiLeaks, Thomas Adams, who was then the U.S. State Department’s Special Coordinator for Haiti, told Cheryl Mills, who was chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that Waters had pushed him to try to get her old friend,
former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, re-admitted into Haiti. As GatewayPundit.com reports: “Waters feared Aristide would be blocked by Michel Martelly, who went on to win the election soon after.
How close are Waters and Aristide? When the former president of Haiti [Aristide] was ousted in 2004, Maxine Waters was in the helicopter with him and on the tarmac when his plane landed in South Africa from Central African Republic.” Adams' email read as follows:
CONVERSATION WITH CONGRESSWOMAN MAXINE WATERS
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GOP Challenger Omar Navarro Calls Out Maxine Waters For Interfering in Haitian Elections
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Contempt for the Tea Party Movement
In August 2011, Waters had some harsh words for the ascendant conservative movement known as the Tea Party: “I’m not afraid of anybody. This is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. And as far as I’m concerned — the Tea Party can go straight to hell.”
Maxine Waters: ‘The tea party can go straight to hell’
dailycaller.com/2011/08/21/max…
Supporter of the Iran Nuclear Deal
In November 2016, Waters spoke out in support of the nuclear agreement which the Obama administration and the leaders of five other nations had negotiated with Iran a year earlier. The congresswoman called it “a deal that, so far, has delivered on its principal goal of blocking
Iran’s path to nuclear weapons for the foreseeable future.” Asserting that “there is no other reasonable approach to curbing Iran’s nuclear ambition short of military intervention,” Waters declared that “Democrats …
will not tolerate any attempt to undermine the Iran nuclear deal or any of our other international arrangements that keep us safe.”
Waters Opposes Bill to Undermine Iran Nuclear Deal, Warns of Global Risks Under Trump
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