Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Cali.) was introduced on stage at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday to the sound of thunderous applause and standing ovations, especially from some high profile black celebrities. Blackish star Tracee Ellis Ross praised the Congresswoman for her work and activism.
“I will take this moment to go off script and say Congresswoman Maxine Waters, thank you,” Ross said. “Thank you for your work, thank you for your voice and how you use it, and thank you for being an extraordinary example especially in these times.”
With all due respect to Ross, she has no idea what she’s talking about.
Long before ‘Auntie Maxine’ was a viral sensation for a handful of millennials on Twitter, she was a punch line for conservatives for her loose grasp of reality and race baiting comments.
Among the dozens of insane comments Waters has made throughout her time in political life, some of the highlights include talking about how she was once a millennial. She also said that the rioters who were attacking Koreatown during the L.A. riots were just “mothers who took this as an opportunity to take some milk, to take some bread, to take some shoes.” She apologized to Fidel Castro for opposing his regime and thanked him for protecting convicted murderer Assata Shakur. Additionally, she blamed the CIA for the crack epidemic.
Her career in Congress is also nothing to gloat about. Since she was elected in 1990, she has sponsored just three bills that became law — renaming of a post office, a Haiti relief bill, and an alteration to the national flood insurance program.
That’s not to say her time in Congress hasn’t benefitted some people. According to The Los Angeles Times, her family has made more than a million dollars profiting from her government connections. Waters was named the most corrupt member of Congress in 2005, 2006, 2009, and 2011 by the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
Nonetheless, she has been able to market herself as a champion for black Americans, even chairing the caucus from 1997-1998. Since the time Waters chaired the Congressional Black Caucus, the black poverty rate has been stagnant.
So maybe Waters should be celebrated at the MTV Movie Awards because she’s been the greatest actress of them all. Fooling her constituents and Hollywood elites that she’s fighting for them.