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Maxine Waters says Trump wants white power to dominate black people, blames him for 'growing divide' in US

Maxine Waters says Trump is the reason why many people feel empowered and think it is okay to be racist in this country
UPDATED JUN 29, 2020
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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) spoke out on POTUS Donald Trump retweeting a video of an apparent supporter yelling "white power". 

While on MSNBC, Waters was asked by host Alex Witt, "So let’s get to the tweet. It has been removed from the president’s Twitter feed. The White House is saying the president did not hear the one statement that we just highlighted until the video, but what is your reaction? Do you think the president was willfully pushing an agenda, or would he be unaware of what is being said there eight seconds into the video?" 

In response, she said, "Well, you know, we have learned a lot about this president. And so it’s not believable what he said he did not hear it. As a matter of fact, since he’s been president and increasingly we’re hearing all kinds of racist comments. People, the white men who just did that, they felt empowered by this president, that it is all right to do this now, to talk like this. So he's responsible for the growing division, the more racist comments that we are hearing," she added. 

"Not only blacks but all Americans should be concerned that this outpouring of racism and talks of killing and violence is not good for this country. So this country cannot progress as long as this president is in office and basically dog-whistling to this kind of constituency and having them feel it is all right," she continued. "That they have the White House and they’ve got the president of the United States who is with them. And so it is more than concerning. It is absolutely outrageous that we’re now living in a time when the president of the United States of America is responsible for this kind of division."

She went on to speak about how with a president like Trump, too many people have started thinking that this kind of behavior is okay and that it's justified. "This is all right for me to talk like this. I was right all along. If the president is saying it and acting it out and encouraging me, then what I’ve known all along, what I’ve been taught, what I’ve lived with is right," Waters explained. She concluded by saying, "As he said, we have to take back our country. Who he is talking about taking it back from? Basically, he’s talking about whites being in total power, and total control and blacks and people of color and others are having to live under the domination of white power as they see it." She also recently weighed in on how Trump seems to be much more concerned with protecting Confederate monuments versus flattening the curve of the deadly coronavirus. 

Trump signed an executive order on June 26 to protect federal monuments after several incidents involved vandalism of statues. Trump took to Twitter to say, "I just had the privilege of signing a very strong Executive Order protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues — and combatting recent Criminal Violence. Long prison terms for these lawless acts against our Great Country!" The order that was signed by Trump reinforces the already existing federal law that criminalizes the destruction of federal monuments.

On Thursday, June 25, her press office released a long statement where she had called POTUS "an incompetent and heartless man who is more focused on saving statues of slaveholders, Confederate generals, and racists, than protecting the health of living and breathing Americans".