As the nation watched the beginnings of Donald Trump’s impeachment hearing, many were cheering on the remarks of the amazing Maxine Waters, who absolutely let him have it when she didn’t mince words about how long overdue the process is.
Maxine Waters took to the House floor to give a speech that will no doubt be quoted for quite some time. She opened up her statements with a quote from the legendary Maya Angelou—before she got down to business and said what many were thinking.
Auntie Maxine’s speech went like this:
“To quote the late Maya Angelou, ‘When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time,’” said Waters. “This day was not inevitable, but this was predictable, because this president has shown himself time and time again to believe that he is above the law, and he has no respect for our Constitution or our democracy.
Based on all of that we know about Donald Trump, we could have predicted he would have abused the power of the president by corruptly soliciting the to publicly announce investigations into his political opponent, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden. This impeachment resolution includes evidence this president withheld $391 million of taxpayer funds Congress appropriated for the purpose of providing vital military and security assistance to Ukraine to oppose Russian aggression. Another blatant abuse of power. Our investigations reveal this president advanced a discredited theory, promoted by Russia, alleging that Ukraine, rather than Russia, interfered in the 2016 United States presidential election, for corrupt purposes in pursuit of personal political benefit.
Never before in our history have we experienced a president who has so clearly conducted himself in a manner offensive to and subversive of the Constitution and directed his Cabinet members, executive branch agencies, and other White House officials, to defy lawful subpoenas from Congress,” said Waters. “Was he attempting to hide wrongdoing? It is without question this president has demonstrated he will remain a threat to national security and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law, because at every turn he has shown us who he is.
It is no secret this president could have been impeached a long time ago. Today, we stand here with an irrefutable case and indisputable set of facts that this president absolutely abused his power an obstructed Congress. Any other individual who would have been caught conducting themselves in the way this president has would have been prosecuted to the full extent of the law. It is shameful any members of this House are willing to disregard the Constitution and turn a blind eye to the hard facts and ignore a confession from the president himself.
History will remember those willing to speak truth to power. Yes, I called for Trump’s impeachment early. This is our country. Our foremothers and forefathers shed their blood to defend this democracy. I refuse to have it undermined. I wholeheartedly support this resolution and am proud in the final analysis justice will have served in America and Donald Trump will have been impeached.
It needed to be said.
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