Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) had some stinging words for the Tea Party at a recent forum in Inglewood, Calif.
At the “Kitchen Table Summit” held at Inglewood High School Aug. 20, citizens voiced their frustrations to local leaders about the economy and the chronic unemployment, according to Los Angeles ABC affiliate KABC.
Waters, who represents a portion of Los Angeles, said she was ready to fight staggering unemployment rates and offered a special message to those controlling the House.
“I’m not afraid of anybody,” she said, according to KABC. “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.”
The crowd, which included Democratic Reps. Laura Richardson Karen Bass, responded with a loud cheer.
Shortly after Waters’ comments, Tea Party leaders Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin released a joint statement urging Obama to step in, according to The Huffington Post.
“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,’” Meckler and Martin’s statement read in part. “The president and all leaders of the Democratic party, who have called for civility in the past, are neglecting to censure their own. 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 also made headlines earlier this month when she called out President Obama about his Midwest 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,” she said, according to The Huffington Post. “We want to give him every opportunity but our people are hurting. The unemployment is unconscionable. We don’t know what the strategy is. We’re supportive of the president, but we getting tired, y’all getting tired.”