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No Such Thing As A Safe Seat As Maxine Waters Says Trump Is Coming For Her In 2018

Categories // LA Focus, Politics, Up Front Thursday, 04 January 2018

No Such Thing As A Safe Seat As Maxine Waters Says Trump Is Coming For Her In 2018

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who has been outspoken in her opposition against President Donald Trump, led a chorus of “Impeach 45” chants after receiving Glamour’s prestigious “Woman of The Year” Awards in New York City. In a moment Glamour characterized as one of the biggest of the ceremony, the crowd full of influencers, fellow honorees and powerful women all joined in.

Said Waters, “I am so pleased to see the interest and concern you’re showing in what is happening in the highest levels of government. You see what is going on. You understand who is being undermined and you also understand those who would intimidate you and try to dismiss you. Do not doubt yourself. Do what you know your mind is telling you to do. You recognize when a leader is irresponsible. You recognize when a leader is dishonorable and disrespectful of you. You recognize when a leader is dangerous, even when that leader is the president of the United States of America.

     “For those who say to me, ‘you are asking for something too soon’, ‘be careful, don’t jeopardize yourself,’ but I continue to say, “impeach him.”

     Fact is, the 79-year old politician, who recently covered Essence Magazine, is well aware of the battle she has taking on particularly as she seeks re-election in 2018.

     In a fundraising email entitled “Trump is coming for me – I need your help,” Waters said, “Trump is sending his allies and white nationalists, partnered with a new Political Action Committee (PAC) called “Rebuilding America Now,” to Los Angeles in an effort to defeat me in 2018. The pro-Trump PAC has already spent over a million dollars and plans to spend even more to run a smear campaign against me next year.”

The group of major GOP donors that spent millions on ads to elect Trump also plans to take aim at Waters in next year’s midterm election. It’s not clear whether these Trump supporters are looking to gain footing in her southern Los Angeles district where 60% of voters are registered Democrats, or if they are looking to lash out at the longtime legislator who has been one of the president’s most outspoken critics.

"When I entered the fight to expose the unfitness of the current president of the United States, I knew that my efforts would generate opposition to me and my re-election to the U.S. Congress from white supremacists, the KKK, and other alt-right white nationalist groups,” explains Waters, talking about the opposition for the first time. “However, I have decided that our country deserves better than President Donald J. Trump, who is a racist demagogue that filled his White House cabinet and staff with alt-right white nationalists, such as Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, and Stephen Miller, and has pursued ultra-right wing, conservative policies that threaten our community. Despite the risk, I am dedicated and committed to the proposition that we must resist Donald Trump and fight for his impeachment. Furthermore, our community must register to vote and turn out on election day to preserve my ability to represent the concerns and interests of our community.” 

     Opponent Omar Navarro, who has called on voters to “help me make Maxine Waters’ worst nightmare come true”, called for her arrest in October for comments about “taking out” President Trump. Navarro already has the support of Roger Stone, former presidential candidate Herman Cain and controversial ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio who has predicted an upset victory for Waters in 2018.

     Seeking the engagement and support of followers, Waters noted, “In California, we have what is known as a ‘jungle primary.’ This means that the top two candidates with the most votes advance to the general election, regardless of their party. Donald Trump and his friends have decided that they will unleash all of their racist, alt-right fanatics and white nationalists in Los Angeles to attack me on air and across social media. They are counting on catching voters off guard who believe that I am in a safe seat.”

     Navarro, who is making his second attempt to unseat Waters—now in her 14th term— was reportedly on probation until March for a criminal conviction stemming from his use of an electronic tracking device he attached to his wife’s car, according to the Daily Breeze.  

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