Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) didn’t hold back on Tuesday as she explained why she was boycotting Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration ceremonies.
“After I discovered who Trump is in the way that he conducted himself, I was never going to go to the inauguration,” she explained to MSNBC host Tamron Hall. “I never planned, I never contemplated even going near any of those activities or those events.”
“I don’t like the way he has misled people, the way that he has lied,” she continued. “I don’t like the way he has disparaged folks. I don’t like the way he mimicked and mocked a disabled man. I don’t like the way he talked about women and grabbing their private parts.”
“And so there’s nothing about him I would want to be involved with. And certainly the inauguration is a way of welcoming in someone to the presidency and honoring them and respecting them. I don’t honor him, I don’t respect him and I don’t want to be involved with him.”
Waters said that she was troubled by information she learned in intelligence briefings about Russia’s connections to the new president.
“Trump is a danger,” she insisted. “Even though it is not verified, we are told that there is a dossier that was put out by a well-known spy out of London who has revealed some things about what the Russians are holding over the head of Trump.”
While Waters was speaking about Trump on the House floor last week, a C-SPAN broadcast of her speech was briefly overtaken by a signal from the Kremlin-sponsored Russia Today network.
“I just think it’s strange,” Waters said at the time. “At a time when our intelligence agencies are very confident and basically have confirmed that Russia hacked the DNC and other political interests, and then we have, while I’m on the floor of the House, talking about Trump and Russia, I get interfered with and interrupted by Russia Today.”
Watch the video below from MSNBC, broadcast Jan. 17, 2017.
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