California Rep. Maxine Waters, D, exploded at a Republican colleague on the floor of the House of Representatives Tuesday, declaring she resented that a white male Republican would talk about “making America great again.”
Members of Congress were debating a repeal of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s 2013 auto lending guidance, which applied anti-discrimination legislation to “indirect” auto lending (loans put together by a car dealer through a third-party lender). Republicans say this regulation “essentially outlawed the practice of auto dealers in America being able to take wholesale financing from third parties and charge retail rates.” Democrats claim the repeal of this rule would encourage discrimination against minorities.
At one point, Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., responded to this criticism, pointing his finger at Waters and saying, “We are trying to make sure that we’re making America great every day in every way and the best way to do that is to stop stalking about discrimination and start talking about the nation. We’re coming together as a people, in spite of what you say.”
At the end of Kelly’s remarks, House Financial Services Committee chairman Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., reminded members to address the chair when they speak, not to address each other, in accordance with House rules.
— Financial Svcs Dems (@FSCDems) May 9, 2018
When Kelly yielded, an outraged Waters went on a tirade against him.
“Mr. Kelly, please do not leave,” she said. “Because I want you to know that I am more offended as an African-American woman than you will ever be. And this business about ‘making America great again,’ it is your president that’s dividing this country.”
“And don’t talk to me about the fact that we don’t understand,” she continued, implying Kelly was being misogynistic. “That’s the attitude that’s been given toward women time and time again.”
McClintock attempted to remind Waters that she must address the chair, but she ignored him and denied Kelly an opportunity to respond to her rant.
“I respect the chair, but don’t stop me in the middle when you didn’t stop him in the middle, and so I shall continue,” she said, turning to Kelly again. “Don’t you dare talk to me like that and think that somehow women don’t understand what goes on on the floor of automobile dealers.”
McClintock attempted to enforce the House rules a third time, and Waters ignored him again.
“I don’t appreciate that you did not interrupt him when he was making those outrageous remarks about him knowing more about discrimination than I know about discrimination,” she said. “I resent that and I resent the remark about ‘making America great again.’ He’s down here making a speech for this dishonorable president of the United States of America.”
“Having said that, I reserve the balance of my time. And no, I do not yield, not one second to you,” she said to Kelly when he asked if she would yield. “Not one second. Not one second to you.”
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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