Rep. Maxine Waters is losing it.
Strike that: Rep. Maxine Waters has lost it.
The 78-year-old congresswoman from California, known mostly for her bat-crazy contention that the CIA sold crack cocaine in low-income areas and who once said the Los Angeles riots after the Rodney King verdict -- which left 58 dead -- were "somewhat understandable," has entered a whole new realm of wacky.
Waters held an event with constituents in her home district on Monday, and someone taped an interchange between a woman who attended and the lawmaker. The constituent said "I've been calling your office, sending you emails" with no response, to which Waters says "You're one of 700,000" constituents and notes "I'm in Washington most of the time."
The woman said she wanted to talk about just that: "Your representation of us in Washington" and "about our president as well."
Waters: “I can’t stand him! He’s the most horrible man I’ve ever seen in my life!”
The constituent interrupted: “I love my President.”
Waters: “I’m glad you do! Your President is a dishonorable, lying man. He mocked a journalist. I’ve never seen a grown man do that! He talked about grabbing women by the private parts. He’s lies everyday. He’s in bed with Putin and the Russians about oil! And everybody around him are allies with the Kremlin and with the Oligarchs of Russia. They’re gonna' take us down!”
The constituent was ready for that oine. "I go back to President Clinton."
"I don't care about Clinton."
"Well, of course you don't."
"Listen, I'm going to work every day until I get him impeached."
"I'm going to work every day to make sure that he isn't and that' you're impeached."
"You can't impeach a member of Congress," Waters said. Then rephrased that a bit: "You cannot impeach a woman of Congress."
(Watch the whole exchange here, good stuff starts at 2:45.)
And, of course, Waters is wrong. You can impeach a member of Congress, although it's called "expulsion." It's happened 17 times.
Let's hope her constiuent makes it 18.