Representative Maxine Waters is the gift that keeps giving. The California Democrat has emerged as one of the foremost voices in the fight to impeach President Donald Trump, and she has become famous, of late, for being brutally honest in interviews.
And in an interview with the New York Times Magazine on July 19, Waters shared a little bit more of that brutal honesty, when she told us just what she would say in a private conversation with Trump.
The whole interview is worth reading, of course, but the standout is her DGAF attitude about President Trump.
When asked if what she would say to him one-on-one, if given the opportunity, she kept it simple: "I would not waste my time."
I. Would. Not. Waste. My. Time.
Wow. She is everything I hope to be, and more.
She also had some beautiful bon mots about what she thinks is the future of the Democratic party, whether or not Trump will be impeached, her appreciation for the word "shade," and how much she loves being a meme.
Rep. Waters's refusal to soften her opinions in interviews has made her something of a darling to Millennial voters.
Generation Y is perhaps best known for our affinity for authenticity. Say what you mean. Mean what you say.
Waters does that and then some. She is, and has been, a long-time advocate for vulnerable populations; she is not afraid to speak her truth; and she will defend herself and others without even breaking a sweat. And she understands that her radical honesty is one of the reasons Millennials love her.
They like the way that I don't camouflage how I feel. They don't see elected officials act that way.
Her honesty is also perhaps one reason why she has become a meme -- which, she tells the Times, she loves.
She loves the word "shade."
In her newfound relationship with Millennials, she has learned that the term "shade" doesn't always mean "a tree providing shade."
While "shade" -- as in Paris is Burning kind of shade -- was not a phrase invented by Millennials, it has become extremely popular of late -- thanks, Mama Ru! -- which is perhaps why she attributes her new vocabulary to Gen Y. Nevertheless, when she first heard of shade, she says "I thought: Now, isn't that creative?"
She thinks Trump's impeachment -- and maybe even criminal charges -- are just around the corner.
With revelations of Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russian lawyers operating on behalf of the Russian government, Waters believes that, while there were many times before that President Trump "should have been convicted of a crime," that day is soon coming.
"I think that they're going to find not only conflict of interest but also obstruction of justice," she said. "I think he's in for new possibilities of either being charged criminally or, as I think, impeached."
She has no time for Tucker Carlson's dog whistle statements about her.
The Fox News talking head recently questioned Waters's finances after she made some comments questioning HUD Secretary Ben Carson's expertise -- and the underlying message of his statement could be read as: how is a black woman so successful?
"[She] is a confirmed expert on the question of housing -- especially her own housing," he said. "Consider where she lives: in a 6,000 square-foot, $4.3 million mansion in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Los Angeles. How'd she afford a place like that?"
He also called her "sassy," which is a dog whistle of the laziest kind, but that's for another day.
But Waters does not have time for Carlson's racist statements.
She told the Times, "He doesn't know anything about my investments, about the house that I've lived in for 25, 30 years. This idea of ''how could she afford that?' is racist, and I just dismiss it."
Yeah you do.
She "cannot afford" to think pessimistically about the future of the country.
When asked if she's pessimistic about the future, Waters answered:
I cannot afford to really think like that. I have to get up every morning believing that I and others can make it better, and that no matter how difficult it is, that we will rise to the occasion to force this country to be the democracy it claims to be.
And she'll save us all with her determination.
She's not going anywhere.
Waters is much more than her contempt for the Commander in Chief. She has long been an advocate for fair housing practices, a collector of antique black dolls -- she didn't have those images when she was young, she says -- and a tireless worker for the black community.
Even better: she says she doesn't think she has it in her to relax. So even if Trump is impeached, be prepared to keep seeing Waters around.