Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) on Saturday told a crowd at New Orleans’ annual Essence Festival that she plans to take Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson’s “a** apart” should he have the gumption to appear before the “committee” where she is the “ranking member.
“Ben Carson was appointed to be the HUD secretary,” Waters said, according to the Essence Festival’s website. “He knows nothing about the mission of HUD. He doesn’t care about people in public housing. He believes that if you are poor, it is your own fault. And he doesn’t know the difference between an immigrant and a slave.”
She added, “If he thinks when he comes before my committee where I am the ranking member [of the Financial Services Committee] that I am going to give him a pass … I am going to take his a** apart.”
Carson wasn’t the only Republican that Waters set her sights on — blatantly calling Attorney General Jeff Sessions “a racist,” Waters said, “He’s a throwback. We know his record, we know the statement’s that he’s made. He really did like the KKK until he learned that they smoke pot.”
Waters also addressed President Donald Trump, and claimed that she is “taking off the gloves.”
“I don’t honor him, I don’t respect him and I am not going to tolerate him,” she said about Trump. “I am going to do everything I can do to get him impeached.”
This isn’t the first time Waters went off about Carson.
Waters’ Saturday comments are an echo of what she told a crowd gathered at a town hall rally in California, and noted that the HUD Secretary should go back to being a surgeon.
See some of Waters’ speech from the Essence Festival in the video below.