Maxine Waters Tells Homeless People to ‘Go Home’ and Then It Gets Worse – Opinion

Rep. Maxine waters (D-CA) has to take it. It seems like she knows exactly what the right thing is to say at every moment. She has a long history of controversial comments, perhaps most infamously when she encouraged people to get up in the face of Trump officials and “push back.”

However, she did it in a major way when she met homeless Los Angeles residents. She tried to hide her reaction, making it worse.

Fathers and Mothers Who Care, an advocacy nonprofit group for homeless persons was organizing an event in South Los Angeles to aid them get access to emergency shelter. Hundreds of homeless people believed that Section 8 vouchers for housing would be distributed at this event.

Waters was present at the event and when the staff started to get overwhelmed, Waters told the homeless crowd, “I want everybody to go home.” That’s when they started to get angry at her cluelessness. “We don’t got no home, that’s why we’re here!” one person retorted. “What home we gonna go to?”

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Waters then laughed at the joke and stated that there was nothing else going on today. Her office would continue to investigate, she said. But then she was pressed by someone from the local non-profit who said that they’d tried to get a response from her office but that they were failing in the effort and Waters needed to know that. That’s when Waters flipped out and threw an “f-bomb.” “Excuse me, there’s nobody in Washington who works for their people any f**king harder than I do,” she said. “I don’t want to hear this. No, no, no.”

Joyce Burnett was one of those homeless and told the LA Times that it was frustrating.

“Maxine Waters was here, and she said to come back Tuesday with our paperwork filled out,” Burnett said. “I have it, everything they asked for. They shut the doors every time they get close to the front of the queue. They opened the door about 20 minutes ago and said they’re not servicing anyone else today.”

Waters said she told him not to tell the Los Angeles Times story when Connor Sheets, a Los Angeles Times journalist, contacted Waters.

“You’ll hurt yourself and the community trying to put this together without background,” she told Sheets, according to the report. “I don’t want you to start trying to write it, you won’t understand it.”

Blanca Jiminez, Waters’ district director, provided a video of local TV with glowing coverage of Waters at the event.

Waters was praised in the local television coverage, despite all of the negative comments. It’s no surprise that they want this to be their take-out. Jiminez also provided that. However, he added something else that was equally offensive given the circumstances. “Someone shared this photo with the office,” Jimenez told the LA Times. “Isn’t she brave?” Was that suggesting that Waters had something to fear from the homeless people? Because that’s sure what it sounded like. And once again, it showed the priorities — Waters is more concerned about how she looked in this incident than about the concerns of the homeless that she purports to care about. Waters wanted to see the positive report, and she was not happy with any other take. This must be stopped and silenced. What does she mean by saying, “You’ll hurt yourself” to the reporter and why is she trying to threaten a reporter? She owes everyone in this incident an apology and it’s long-since time that she retired, so the people can have an effective advocate.

It’s a credit to both the LA Times and the reporter who stood up for that threat and ran the story.

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