93+ Best Maxine Waters Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Maxine Moore Waters is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for California’s 43rd congressional district since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, Waters is currently in her 15th term in the House, having served since 1991. Most outrageous and unapologetic Maxine Waters quotes will give you a different perspective, a viewpoint on life, or inspire you.

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Most Famous Maxine Waters Quotes

The only word that comes to mind is hypocrite. – Maxine Waters

We need the Equal Rights Amendment to help us root out systemic discrimination. – Maxine Waters

And I know that there are those who are talking about censuring me, talking about kicking me out of Congress, talking about shooting me, talking about hanging me, all I have to say is this: If you shoot me, you better shoot straight. There’s nothing like a wounded animal. – Maxine Waters

Everyone has a part to play. We have the power. You can do it. – Maxine Waters

We have a responsibility as elected officials to do good public policy in the best interest of all the people. – Maxine Waters

I’m a strong black woman, and I cannot be intimidated. I cannot be undermined. – Maxine Waters

We know that when a woman speaks truth to power, there will be attempts to put her down… I’m not going to go anywhere. – Maxine Waters

I am one who believes in the power of the people. I am inspired when I see people hit the streets, who challenge their elected officials, and are willing to stand up and fight. I encourage it. – Maxine Waters

The people are going to turn on them. They’re going to protest. They’re going to absolutely harass them until they decide that they’re going to tell the President, ‘No, I can’t hang with you.’ – Maxine Waters

I don’t think anything about curfew. I don’t think anything about curfew. I don’t know what curfew means. Curfew means that ‘I want you all to stop talking. I want you to stop leading. I want you to stop gathering.’ I don’t agree with that. – Maxine Waters

Many of us are guilty of having allowed Tom Bradley to do whatever he has done without really challenging him, without making sense out of what was going on in City Hall. And so now we are confronted with a situation where we have two candidates and we don’t know who they are really and what they care about. – Maxine Waters

There must be a realization that hundreds of thousands of people, including children, could end up homeless if the moratorium is not extended. – Maxine Waters

I have to march because my mother could not have an abortion. – Maxine Waters

Guess what this liberal would be all about? This liberal will be about socializing…uh, um…Would be about, basically, taking over, and the government running all of your companies. – Maxine Waters

Some are arguing that the Democrats should resist at every turn [to Donald’s Trump administration], and some Democrats are saying that’s the strategy that Democrats should now employ. – Maxine Waters

I think that people should do what their heart and soul tells them to do. – Maxine Waters

I don’t try to think about how I can satisfy those who would criticize me, or plot and plan to work in ways that will not get criticism. I tend to follow what I really believe. If I believe in something strongly and I act on it, then whatever comes with that territory comes. – Maxine Waters

I really do believe that much of what coming out of Donald Trump’s mouth was a play from Vladimir Putin’s playbook. – Maxine Waters

First, let me just say that I flew in from Los Angeles last evening. And the plane was absolutely filled with women who were coming from the Greater Los Angeles area to be here. And it wasn’t that they were necessarily organized in some particular group. Individual women that I talked to – I said, well, who are you with? They said I’m not with anybody. I just decided I couldn’t stay home. I just got up, and I came [to the Women’s March]. – Maxine Waters

On Immigration policy and reform [Republicans] are on the wrong side of the track. … They would have you believe that if they get into office, they are going to make sure that they are going to get rid of everyone in our society who was not born in America. – Maxine Waters

I think that our president should not be representing our country. He has alienated our allies. He continues to lie day in and day out. He creates controversy. He can’t get along with the members of Congress. He needs to be impeached. I want him impeached. – Maxine Waters

Instead of going on a beach vacation to Hawaii, you could go to a Democratic convention, a state convention, a conference being held to discuss issues you care about, or even go hear a politician speak. Soon your life is all about government and politics and you delve into issues and public policy. When you do that, not only do you learn to be a good candidate for office, but you also learn to be a good elected official. – Maxine Waters

President Trump basically has interfered with an investigation where he may be implicated. That’s outrageous. And that’s why we’re having so much of a conversation about it today. Everybody is talking about it because this is highly unusual. – Maxine Waters

Don’t forget during the primary debates when Trump pointed at Carly Fiorina and said, Look at that face, who would vote for her? That tells you everything about him and what he cares about women. – Maxine Waters

First of all, I would tell any young woman who’s interested in politics to get in touch with herself first and really, really determine if this is what she wants to do – and not do it just because it may be the thing at the moment. What do you care about? What is it that moves you? What would you like to change? What would you do if you were in this situation? – Maxine Waters

Every time I’ve talked about impeachment, I’ve said we’ve got to connect the dots, we’ve got to get the facts, we’ve got to do the investigation. That is what leads to impeachment and I also said that Donald Trump will lead us right there. – Maxine Waters

The president of the United States who has a history of firing people who get close to, you know, him and his allies like Flynn, and like Miss Yates, he will fire them if he believes somehow they’re getting too close to him in the investigations. I believe that the president of the United States should not have fired Comey in the middle of an investigation. – Maxine Waters

Let’s take a look at NAFTA. Trump said that NAFTA was a bad deal and he was going to get rid of it in the first 100 days. Now, that’s also off the table. He’s made a lot of promises that he can’t keep. He has distorted information. I do not think he should not be president of the United States. And I think our allies and people in other countries are looking at America and saying, This can’t be. How did this happen? – Maxine Waters

My take is this. The Republicans control the Senate. They have the majority of the House, and they have the White House. They can do whatever they want to do, really. – Maxine Waters

All of these people who are organized with these oil-and-gas interests, that’s in the administration and friends of the President of the United States [Donald Trump], these back channeling that you see. These are a bunch of scumbags. That’s what they are. – Maxine Waters

I know some people like to follow the tradition, and that’s who they are. That’s not me. – Maxine Waters

I do not necessarily support the president’s decision. – Maxine Waters

Take a look at the way that Trump has described some of the foreign countries that we deal with – some that are allies and some that are not. China is one example. He said they were currency manipulators, but after he sat down with President Xi and had a piece of chocolate cake, he then said they were no longer currency manipulators. – Maxine Waters

I think that the Republicans who have been cautious, recognizing that they have to be concerned about their re-elections, etc., they won’t be able to stand with Donald Trump when we unfold his connection to the Kremlin and what they were involved in, which I consider to be collusion. I don’t think that any Republican, even moderates or conservatives, who love America and who consider themselves patriots, they cannot stand with this president when it appears he has participated in undermining this democracy. They’re going to have to fall. That’s what I believe. – Maxine Waters

I think Hillary and Bill are really liberals at heart. I think that, in addition to being liberals, they are very practical. They have made some decisions about what it takes to win. – Maxine Waters

We know who you are [ Donald Trump] and what you said you will do. And we don’t want the public policy that you are proposing. – Maxine Waters

I can’t stop [Donald Trump] from doing what he wants to do. – Maxine Waters

If you call it a riot, it sounds like it was just a bunch of crazy people who went out and did bad things for no reason. I maintain it was somewhat understandable, if not acceptable. So I call it a rebellion. – Maxine Waters

If sequestration takes place, that’s going to be a great setback. We don’t need to be having something like sequestration that’s going to cause these job losses – over 170 million jobs that could be lost. – Maxine Waters

Riot is the voice of the unheard. – Maxine Waters

We do not have a crisis at Freddie Mac, and particularly Fannie Mae, under the outstanding leadership of Frank Raines. – Maxine Waters

Why do you think [Russians] hacked into our election? Because they have to make sure that Donald Trump got elected so that he could help them with what I think is a huuuuge deal, not only to lift these sanctions, but to take over, y’know, all of these Soviet countries and pull ’em back into the Soviet Union, so that they could have access it to all of these resources. It’s clear to me! – Maxine Waters

Policy, for the most part, has been made by white people in America, not by people of color. And they have tended to take care of those things that they think are important. Whether it’s their agricultural subsidies, or other kinds of expenditures that are certainly not expenditures for poor people or for people of color. And so we have to band together and keep fighting back. – Maxine Waters

Inspirational Maxine Waters Quotes

The anger that you see expressed out there in Los Angeles, in my district this evening, is a righteous anger, and it’s difficult for me to say to the people,Don’t be angry.When people are angry and enraged, they do do senseless things. They do act even sometimes out of character, and that’s why it is the responsibility of America to try and avoid putting people in these kinds of situations. – Maxine Waters

It’s time for the bully pulpit of the White House to bring the gangstas in, put them around the table and let them know that if they don’t come up with loan modifications and keep people in their homes that they’ve worked so hard for, we’re gonna tax them out of business. – Maxine Waters

You cannot be successful and continue to be a victim. – Maxine Waters

I don’t have to give [Donald Trump] a chance. – Maxine Waters

I think that when you saw Donald Trump absolutely calling Hillary Clinton crooked, thelock her up, lock her up, all of that was developed. I think that was developed strategically with people from the Kremlin, with Vladimir Putin. – Maxine Waters

The most upsetting part of the new administration is discovering that the person who won the election and became the president of the United States of America is a man who has no good values. His character astounds me. I can’t believe that we have a president who would lie, who would distort, and who does not appear to have an appreciation for government and how it works. – Maxine Waters

I have a right to my anger, and I don’t want anybody telling me I shouldn’t be, that it’s not nice to be, and that something’s wrong with me because I get angry. – Maxine Waters

I don’t see white police officers slamming the heads of little white boys into police cars. – Maxine Waters

If Hillary Clinton had won the White House, I believe that given what Comey did to her, and what he tried to do, she should have fired him. – Maxine Waters

Black women are going to have to take more leadership. I think we are prepared because we bring a tenaciousness with us. We do not fear losing friends, allies, or jobs. – Maxine Waters

If [Donald Trump] wants to do good things, let’s see it. Let him do it. I can’t stop him from doing good things. – Maxine Waters

I’ve been in this struggle for many years now. I understand racism. I understand that there are a lot of people in this country who don’t care about the problems of the inner city. We have to fight every day that we get up for every little thing that we get. And so, I keep struggling. – Maxine Waters

Others say that that’s not good for the country [to resist Donald’s Trump] and that they should work with this new administration on policies. – Maxine Waters

I am so offended by Trump. I spend an awful lot of time helping to educate people about who I think he is and the danger that I think he is to this country. I will be working on those issues and trying to expose this president. I think that’s important work. – Maxine Waters

This nation has always struggled with how it was going to deal with poor people and people of color. Every few years you will see some great change in the way that they approach this. We’ve had the war on poverty that never really got into waging a real war on poverty – Maxine Waters

I just think the American people had better understand what’s going on. This is a bunch of scumbags. That’s what [Russians] are! – Maxine Waters

One of the most un-American things that one can imagine. – Maxine Waters

I don’t have them down here asking me what my urban agenda is. I don’t find them really doing in-depth stories on community-based organizations that have been struggling for a long time and who are out trying to get funds. They aren’t interested in those stories. – Maxine Waters

I don’t care that it is not signed by a senator. – Maxine Waters

He didn’t have a weapon. He didn’t try to run away. He did nothing that could cause the police to bang his head against that police car. – Maxine Waters

He changed the way African Americans are viewed in this country – Maxine Waters

I will reconsider my endorsement for Mr. Gore if he takes this political position, … I do not think that this should be handled as a political matter. It is not a custody case; it is an immigration case. Our immigration laws are absolutely clear. – Maxine Waters

We’re not fair-weathered friends. We will be with you to the end. – Maxine Waters

We have governors all over the country, we have deficits, people are unhappy, … I think the Californians spoke, but Americans will be speaking about the economic situation all over the country, it’s not about Democrat or Republican. – Maxine Waters

There is reason to show up, if none other than to continue to tell you how unfair the process is. – Maxine Waters

The power to impeach a president should not be casually used to remove a president and overturn an election simply because we don’t like him or his policies. The constitution is on trial, and we hope that we will uphold the constitution and the civil rights of everybody involved. – Maxine Waters

You have your local city government and your community redevelopment agencies who will tell you that they want to take private property because they want to do away with blight, they want to upgrade the neighborhood, … I don’t buy that. – Maxine Waters

The public is saying get this thing over so we can focus on America’s agenda for progress, – Maxine Waters

Every member of this committee should be offended by the … wild spin that was just put on by Mr. Lindsey in attempting to somehow send a message to Monica Lewinsky that she has been undermined by the president of the United States and thus set her up to be angry at the president in case she’s called as a witness, … We’re no fools. – Maxine Waters

I stand with this family. I stand on the side of this young man, – Maxine Waters

They are already working on the articles of impeachment. They know where they are going. No, they are not going to allow any censure motion. They do not care … what evidence is presented by the White House or anybody else. – Maxine Waters

The way I see it is they came to his house, uninvited, … They had not only the force of the embassy but the Marines with them. They made it clear that he had to go now, or he would be killed. – Maxine Waters

The taking of private property for private use, in my estimation, is unconstitutional. It’s un-American, and it’s not to be tolerated. This is not a partisan issue. – Maxine Waters

You’re trying to jump on the bandwagon at the last minute when you should have been there a long time ago. – Maxine Waters

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. – Maxine Waters

It’s all designed to keep people very much intimidated and not challenging the power. And I found the same old tactics worked in Congress too. – Maxine Waters

You try to manipulate the process. In Sacramento, I was very good at it, at getting legislation passed. And when I came to Washington, I thought that I was going to approach it differently. That the conventional wisdom was such that you had to not be confrontational, not challenge too much, but understand that there was great tradition. – Maxine Waters

The urban agenda, from my point of view, is what we are going to all help make it. I see myself as helping the White House forge an urban agenda. – Maxine Waters

If you ask a young man in South-Central about the difference between the Democratic and Republican parties, he can’t tell you. As you evaluate that whole discussion about what must be done to bring whites back into the Democratic Party, you can see why there is no urban agenda. – Maxine Waters

I had a wonderful experience recently in anticipation of the second Rodney King verdict where I decided to do a letter to the community about how I really felt. It’s times such as that, that I feel that I’m connecting. And there are other times I’m shocked by what I see and what I discover. And when I’m shocked by it, I think, God, I’m losing it, that I don’t really understand what’s going on out there. – Maxine Waters

Clinton never said, My Administration is going to pour resources into the poor community. But I really do believe that Bill Clinton is more liberal than oftentimes his politics. He’s practical. But I think his heart is decent. – Maxine Waters

How does he support Clinton’s urban agenda? He doesn’t know what it is. – Maxine Waters

I don’t think anybody that knows me would think that I’m so understanding. Most people say I’m too pushy, I’m too aggressive, I’m too assertive, I’m too confrontational. That I ask for too much. I’ve never been considered patient, or even conciliatory in most instances. But I don’t think anything happens in a short period of time. Particularly when you’re talking about dealing with Congress and government. It just doesn’t happen. – Maxine Waters

I don’t believe in giving private properties to someone else for private use to make money off of it. – Maxine Waters

I have to march because my mother could not have an abortion. – Maxine Waters

That’s what mayors do. They lobby Congress to provide resources for their city – Maxine Waters

This liberal is all about socializing- umm I mean… – Maxine Waters

The shouting, the overrunning of the Capitol, the sneaking in of Tea Party participants into the basement of the Capitol, the name-calling, the spitting, all of that…. The Tea Party emerges as not only outrageous, but they have turned up the volume in ways that even Code Pink have not been able to do. – Maxine Waters

Many other cities could go the way that Los Angeles went last night unless the president is willing to step in and take some strong action in terms of letting people know that he cares about this issue. – Maxine Waters

I don’t think it works to just be mad at them – Maxine Waters out ranting and kicking down the doors. It would be so easy to dismiss you and marginalize you. – Maxine Waters

I am not afraid of anybody. 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. – Maxine Waters

The mayor’s race is a very sad event for me. I feel no connection. I have no passion. And I don’t feel compelled to do anything. – Maxine Waters