Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) made headlines across the country twice last week, first suggesting that President Barack Obama “get tough with Republicans” to create proposals that help the poor and African-Americans and later for calling out the Tea Party.
In a story published by The Daily Caller on Sunday, Waters was quoted urging Obama to fight Republicans: “This is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. And as far as I’m concerned — the Tea Party can go straight to hell.”
The Congresswoman, earlier in the week, spoke at a job fair in Atlanta about minority frustrations with the country’s first black president, according to The Los Angeles Times.
“There is a growing frustration in this country and in minority communities because the unemployment rates are so high,” said Waters. She also claimed that a rising number of home foreclosures and a “wealth gap” between blacks and whites have begun to create frustration and anger in the black community.
Waters’ has not only set her sights on Obama and the Tea Party as she slings angry rhetoric, but has taken offense even with fellow Democrats for not fighting harder against budget cuts in the highly politicized battle over the debt ceiling.
“We were basically held up in raising the debt ceiling, until they got all of those budget cuts they demanded,” Waters said, according to The Times. “We didn’t raise any revenue and they didn’t close any tax loopholes. I believe the Democratic Party and the president of the United States should not have backed down. We should have made them walk the plank.”
Unrelated to her recent public outbursts, Waters is currently being investigated by the House ethics committee since allegations emerged last year that she attempted to improperly obtain Federal bailout money for a bank in which her husband owned stock. Though she demanded a trial last year, a Daily Caller article last week reported that the Congresswoman’s lawyer has filed a motion to dismiss the case saying that because two committee lawyers communicated solely with Republicans, a fair trial “is impossible.”