When male congressmembers tried to silence and mock Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters this week, she fought back with a vengeance.
At the House Financial Services committee, congressmembers debated whether to repeal the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s 2013 auto lending guidance. Republicans successfully reversed the guidance, which looked to address discrimination in auto lending.
During debate, Trump-loving Pennsylvania congressman Mike Kelly (you guessed it, a Republican) tried to scold Waters, saying, "We're trying to make America great every day and every way and the best way to do that is to stop talking about discrimination and start talking about the nation. We're coming together as a people in spite of what you say."
Waters quickly responded: "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... No, I will not yield, no I will not yield. Don't tell me we don't understand, that's the attitude given toward women time and time again."
Waters was then told to stop talking by Republican chair Tom McClintock. Waters complained that she was interrupted while Kelly was not. She then addressed Kelly again.
"Don't you dare talk to me like that and think that somehow women don't understand what goes on on the floors of automobile dealers."
McClintock angrily hushed Waters again.
"You did not interrupt [Kelly] when he was making those outrageous remarks about him knowing more about discrimination than I know about discrimination. I resent that, and I resent the talk about making America great again. He’s down here making a speech [about] this dishonorable president of the United States of America… and no I don’t yield (to Kelly), not one second to you. Not one second. Not one second to you."
— Financial Svcs Dems (@FSCDems) May 9, 2018