Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California made a speech in which she criticized supporters of President Donald Trump for not being patriotic enough.
On the evening of March 27, Waters addressed the House floor during general speeches, reports the Independent Journal Review.
"Mr. Speaker, my position against this president and his administration is clear. I oppose this president. I do not honor this president. I do not respect this president," she said by way of opening.
Waters went on to name several issues that she has taken with the Trump administration. In particular, she cited Trump's "disgusting and indecent rhetoric against women, the black community, Muslims, immigrants, and disabled Americans." In addition, she claimed that Trump's administration is harmful to anyone who "isn't a millionaire or billionaire."
Waters also drew attention to the contributions and sacrifices that many African-American individuals have made toward the achievement of quality, citing the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She then went on to compare the respective patriotic merits of the African-American community and Trump supporters.
"When we fight against this president and we point out how dangerous he is for this society and for this country, we're fighting for the democracy," she said. "We're fighting for America. We're saying to those who say they're patriotic but they turned a blind eye to the destruction that he's about to cause this country: You're not nearly as patriotic as we are."
Waters finished by stating that the Congressional Black Caucus is still willing to work with Trump to address the issues of the country, stating that the leaders of the caucus had already met with him. However, she also stated that the caucus did not expect anything to come out of these meetings.
One reaction to the speech that gained much attention was that of Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, who appeared on the show "Fox and Friends" on the morning of March 28, reports CNN.
"I didn't hear a word she said," O'Reilly said of Waters. "I was looking at the James Brown wig."
O'Reilly received criticism for his comments, with many on Twitter stating that they were racist and sexist because they focused on Waters' appearance rather than the content of her speech. O'Reilly has since issued an apology for his comments.
The content of Waters' speech is in line with sentiments that she has expressed in the past. Her Twitter feed contains content that is critical of both Trump and members of his administration, with one particular tweet that was posted on March 21 gaining a lot of attention.
"Get ready for impeachment," the tweet read.
In an interview with Elle that was released on March 27, Waters was asked about her motivations behind posting the tweet.
"I have dared to use the word 'impeachment' to the dislike of even some of my colleagues ... But that's my goal," she said. "My goal is impeachment."