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Maxine Waters: Trump Is 'Disgusting,' 'Disrespectful'

| by Robert Fowler

Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, has blasted him once again for his previous remarks about women.

In her view, the president has displayed disrespectful behavior that merits the term "disgusting."

On April 30, Waters criticized comments Trump had made towards GOP candidate Carly Fiorina and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential race, as well as his recorded comments about kissing and groping women without consent caught on a hot microphone in 2005.

"I can't get it out of my head," Waters told the Los Angeles Times. "I've never seen anybody as disgusting or as disrespectful as [Trump] is."

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Since the 2016 election, Waters has become popular among liberals for her blunt comments about the new administration. The California lawmaker has not minced words in her disapproval of the president.

On April 21, Waters laid out how she felt about Trump in a straightforward fashion.

"I don't honor him," Waters told MSNBC. "I don't respect this president. I don't think that he deserves to be president of this great country. I am very concerned about him, and really think he's dangerous ... This is abnormal what we're experiencing with this president."

Serving in Congress since 1991, Waters' strong rhetoric against Trump over the past five months has drawn the attention of young progressives. Activist Rashad Robinson of the civil rights group Color of Change believes the California lawmaker is giving voice to many liberals' anger towards the president.

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"Maxine Waters has given us the viral videos to go along with our rants," Robinson said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "People are shaking their heads when she talks, and they are saying, 'Thank God someone said that.'"

Waters has been slinging verbal barbs long before the Trump presidency, often drawing controversy for her remarks.

In August 2011, the congresswoman blasted the Tea Party movement during a jobs forum in California.

"I'm not afraid of anybody ... And as far as I'm concerned, the Tea Party can go straight to hell," Waters said at the time, according to the New York Daily News.

Former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum blasted Waters for her comments, telling a conservative radio station that she was "vile and she's always been that way."

In Waters' view, she has always spoken her mind and any popularity she has gained among young progressives is the product of her being herself.

"Some people see me as a rabble-rouser ... I don't try to prove anything by talking," Waters said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Sources: Los Angeles Times, MSNBC/YouTubeNew York Daily News / Photo Credit: Mark6mauno/Flickr

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