Maxine Waters: Trump/White Americans ‘Not Nearly as Patriotic as We Are’

‘my mission and my goal is to make sure that he does not remain president of the United States of America’

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In a startlingly racial appeal, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said President Trump and other white Americans are "not nearly as patriotic" as black Americans and that as a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, she would make it her "mission" to remove Trump from office.

The comments came Monday night during a floor speech in the House. Here's a transcript:

“African-Americans have struggled and fought historically, many African-Americans have paid a huge price fighting for justice and equality and died for it. I don’t have to call the names of Martin Luther King and all of the others. We have paid a price, we have fought. But guess what? Despite the fact that America has not always been there for us, we have always been there for America, we have fought in America’s wars. We have suffered discrimination, we have suffered isolation and undermining but we stand up for America, oftentimes when others who think they are more patriotic, who say they are more patriotic, do not. When we fight against this president, and we point out how dangerous he is for this society and for this country, we are fighting for the democracy. We are fighting for America. We are saying to those who say they are patriotic but turn a blind eye to the destruction he’s about to cause this country: You are not nearly as patriotic as we are. 

We not only have fought in America’s wars, have stood up for America, have been there, whenever this country was threatened in any way, and we say now this country is threatened with a president who does not belong there, a president who does not understand how this government works, a president who does down to Mar-a-Lago every weekend and plays golf. He’s not huddling with the members of Congress and trying to figure out how to form a consensus, but rather, he thought he could come in here and run roughshod over everybody.

But that’s how he works. That’s how he acts. He is not good for America. African-Americans know this. The Black Caucus understands this. And for those members of the Black Caucus representing our leadership who went to meet with him, they have laid out to him all of this, what our care and concerns are all about. But in the final analysis, we really don’t expect anything from him. And my mission and my goal is to make sure that he does not remain president of the United States of America.”

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