At the conclusion of a stump speech during which Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) promised her supporters the impossible — reparations for every African American citizen — the California liberal issued a not-so-veiled threat that failed to garner much attention at the time. But now it’s all coming to light.
“I am the ranking member of the Financial Services Committee that oversees Wall Street and HUD [Housing and Urban Development] and all of that,” Waters told an Alabama crowd in March. “And by the way, we’re gonna take care of Ben Carson,” she quipped of the current HUD secretary.
Given the controversial subject of her speech, it was no surprise that political pundits and bloggers failed to take notice of Waters’ brief comment about Carson. Most Americans were too busy removing their jaws from the floor after the California liberal said she would fight for slavery reparations — a movement that the vast majority of Americans oppose. Take a look:
Waters has never been a friend to Carson. She stopped short of calling the HUD secretary an Uncle Tom at a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation gathering last year, instead using the term “educated fool.”
“Look at Ben Carson. My God. My grandmother would call him an educated fool,” Waters said.
She went on to describe Carson as a black man too far removed from his roots to sympathize with ordinary black Americans.
“Here’s a man who has a reputation of being a highly competent surgeon, but when he talks about poor people, he says they’re the cause of their poverty,” Waters said of Carson. “He doesn’t understand why you didn’t do what he did and why you didn’t make it like he made it. And he doesn’t know the difference between slavery and immigration.”
Down in the political gutter
In a July 2017 speech, Waters added that Carson “doesn’t care about people in public housing,” and promised to “take his a** apart” during an upcoming Financial Services Committee hearing.
Speaking before the Los Angeles Community Review Board in August 2017, Waters even accused Carson of defending “white-wing nationalists and the KKK and all of those alt-right groups.”
Of course, it doesn’t take much to be deemed a racist by Rep. Waters. She once declared: “I believe George [H.W.] Bush is a racist,” and called former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan (R) a “plantation owner.”
Meanwhile, Waters has likened convicted cop killers to Martin Luther King and refers to race riots as “an opportunity to take some milk, to take some bread, to take some shoes.”
Going after Carson has become Waters’ go-to political trick, a rhetorical device meant to garner applause when her other race bailing tactics fall flat.
But Waters fails to see the hypocrisy behind her opposition to politicians like Ben Carson. She demands that each and every American be judged by their individual merits, and not by the color of their skin, but proceeds to insult Carson and others for failing to follow the monolithic mindstate that she has prescribed to African Americans as Democratic voters.
It is time for America to “reclaim their time” on Waters and find a black leader who can offer something other than divisive race-baiting and name-calling to unify the nation’s diverse communities — and we need look no further than the leader of the Department of Housing and Urban Development for that.