Maxine Waters may have echoed the thoughts of millions in her statement to jobless Californians. Waters told the tea party to go to hell during remarks after last Saturday’s “Kitchen Table Summit” at an Inglewood, California, high school. She insisted that the political climate, in which the Tea Party and other conservative extremist are wielding quite a lot of power, is “not a game for the weak”.
“I’m not afraid of anybody,” Water said as she addressed the large crowd. “This is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. And as far as I’m concerned, the Tea Party can go straight to hell.”
Waters’ comments come a day after the California Employment Development Department released numbers that projected the state’s unemployment rate at 12%. Only Nevada has a higher unemployment percentages at 12.9%.
One tea party group responding to Waters, The Tea Party Patriots, stated “We’ve had Democrats calling American citizens ‘terrorists’ and ‘hostage takers,’ and now an elected Democratic representative says that we can ‘go straight to hell’. Is civility only required from their opponents? Perhaps it’s time for a new-NEW era of civility. The president’s silence on these latest violations of civility has been deafening, but not surprising.”
Waters is known for being vocal and direct. In the week prior to the “Kitchen Table Summit” during a Congressional Black Caucus jobs tour stop in Detroit Waters accused President Obama of ignoring the black community by opting to visit with those in middle America rather than talk with African Americans in urban centers who suffer from unemployment numbers double those of whites while on his bus tour.
“We don’t know why on this trip that he’s in the United States now, he’s not in any black community,” Waters stated.