One of President Donald Trump’s supporters who is identified on Twitter as “Kevin W” tweeted a video that apparently depicts street scenes from 43rd Congressional District of California. Kevin W tweeted: “[Rep.] Maxine Waters’ [D] is the worst in Los Angeles. She has been an elected official for 28 years and her district looks like a cesspool. Maxine doesn’t live in district 43. She lives in a million-dollar plus mansion outside her district. Reprehensible!” However, Waters apparently remains unfazed by criticism.

Among Democrats, Waters is one of the most visible and outspoken critics of President Trump. Waters has called for the president’s impeachment and recently called on her supporters to publicly harass members of the Trump administration to voice opposition to the federal government’s immigration policies. At the Wilshire Federal Building in Los Angeles on June 25, Waters said, "Let's make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere. We've got to get the children connected to their parents." Waters went on to say at the rally, "We don't know what damage has been done to these children. All that we know is they're in cages. They're in prisons. They're in jails. I don't care what they call it, that's where they are and Mr. President, we will see you every day, every hour of the day, everywhere that we are to let you know you cannot get away with this." Waters was scolded by congressional Democrats and Republicans alike for encouraging the push-back.  

On  Wednesday, almost 200 black women and others denounced leading Democrats in the Senate and House of Representatives for their "failure to protect" Waters from what they called "unwarranted attacks from the Trump administration" and Republican leaders. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) received the letter from from women who pronounced their "profound indignation and deep disappointment” that the lawmakers did come to Waters’ aid after President Trump had launched his own criticisms of the California Democrat. Trump asserted that Waters was urging people to harm his supporters.

“Disparaging or failing to support Congresswoman Waters is an affront to her and Black women across the country and telegraphs a message that the Democratic Party can ill afford: that it does not respect Black women's leadership and political power and discounts the impact of Black women and millennial voters," the letter read. “We further believe Congresswoman Waters is owed an apology for your public comments insinuating she is “uncivil” and “un- American” for challenging the Trump Administration.”

The group signing the letter consisted of of academics, activists, local elected officials, and religious leaders. A similar letter was sent to Rep. Pelosi by a group of more than 7,000 white women. 

Waters has claimed that she was forced to cancel public events, following Trump’s public criticisms. Over the weekend, Waters called on anyone seeking to hurt her had “better shoot straight. There’s nothing like a wounded animal.” She has claimed to be the subject of a death threat. Trump predicted on Tuesday that Waters’ comments would be to the detriment of the Democrat party. On Wednesday, Pelosi’s office released a statement to the effect that Waters “is a valued leader whose passionate call for family reunification should be heard without any threats to her safety.” It went on to say, “Donald Trump has sullied the bully pulpit with reckless disregard for the safety of others,” the statement said. “He should stop his attacks on Congresswoman Waters and all Members of Congress, the free press, and all Americans who have the right and the responsibility to speak their minds.”

Waters’ 43rd Congressional District is 37th out of 436 other congressional districts in the U.S. as to the number of Foreign born residents: as of 2012, that number stood at 31.6 percent of a population consisting of 697,985 residents. Of those, 36.6 percent were categorized as white and 23.9 percent were categorized as black. Of these, 46.9 percent were counted as Hispanic or Latino. Therefore, those counted as white -- not Hispanic or Latino -- represented 14.4 percent of the district. Income per capita in the district was $22,436, making it 39th in California’s 53 congressional districts. Income per household there was figured at $45,245, while 20.5 percent residents fell below the poverty line. 

Maxine’s husband, Sidney Waters, is a former NFL football player, Mercedes-Benz dealer and minority business owner who was once a partner with NFL great Jim Brown. In addition to his business, Sidney Waters receives pensions from the NFL and Mercedes-Benz, in addition to other sources of income, according to the couple’s financial disclosures. Waters lives outside of the 43rd Congressional District because redistricting drew new lines that put her home outside of the district she represents. According to OpenSecrets.org, Waters own real estate property estimated to be worth $3,040,500,

Psychologist and best-selling author Jordan B. Peterson responded by retweeting Kevin W’s video,  with the ironic comment: “This is clearly Trump’s fault.” Peterson is a Canadian who grows ever more popular among Americans of libertarian or conservative leanings. 

 

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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