I think we should pay reparations to every person that was a slave and freed by Lincoln.
If Democrats win back the House in 2018, Maxine Waters is promising financial reparations for black Americans.
During an appearance in Selma, Alabama on Saturday, Waters appeared alongside CNN commentator Angela Rye.
Waters took her time to — what else — attack President Trump, criticizing him for his alleged connections to Russia.
“He’s a bully — he has a bully mentality,” Waters said of Trump.
“We need someone in the presidency who not only has good sense but understands diplomacy and understands what we need to do to have peace in this world so we can all look forward to the possibility that we’re someday going to have a world that’s about peace and justice and respect for individual liberty,” Water said.
“Is that your stump speech for 2020?” Rye asked.
As Waters laughed and the crowd applauded, Rye continued, “Is she running? Is she running?”
Waters didn’t answer.
Later, an attendee challenged Waters to push for reparations and take up a bill John Conyers had sponsored in this House in previous sessions.
Waters said she would.
“I’d be happy to do that. That’s no problem,” she answered.
“In order to get where we need to go on this issue and other issues, we really got to understand that 2018 is important in taking back the House and taking back the Senate,” Waters said.
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“And of course, we’ve got to get the White House back.”
She continued, “If we want to get to the point where we can get reparations, we’ve got to have the power to do that, Number 1, by having a supportive president would be wonderful, but taking back the House would be absolutely wonderful.
She urged attendees to register to vote because “I need to take back that House so that we can have a majority in that committee.”
She ended her statement by criticizing HUD Secretary Ben Carson, telling the baying audience that she was going to “take care” of him.