Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), who has had no problem labeling President Trump a racist, had no problem hugging one of the worst racists on the planet in 2006 as she joined members of the Congressional Black Caucus to meet virulent anti-Semite Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
Farrakhan’s history of vehement Jew-hatred was amply illustrated by former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer on Monday, as he castigated the press for their double standard in condemning politicians who have countenanced KKK leader David Duke but not members of the CBC for meeting with Farrakhan.
But in 2006, as Jeryl Bier of The Wall Street Journal reports, Waters and members of the CBC met with Farrakhan after Hurricane Katrina, three years after the CBC met with Farrakhan, and Barack Obama, then a state senator, posed smiling with the racist minister. Bier writes that after the January 2006 hearings of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity regarding the federal government’s response to Hurricane Katrina, at least four CBC members headed to St. Augustine Church to meet Farrakhan. A video posted to YouTube in 2009 shows Reps. Maxine Waters and Barbara Lee of California, Al Green of Texas and William Jefferson of Louisiana hugging and shaking hands with Farrakhan as they conversed about public responses to Katrina.
Farrakhan praised the CBC members for their statements at the hearings, then said, “Tell me how I can be of service.” Waters responded: “I think we need to get together and talk about how we’re going to put New Orleans on the national agenda.”
Bier notes that the following weekend, Farrakhan delivered a sermon titled “A People Robbed and Spoiled,” at St. Augustine Church, ranting, “Your problem is you are not now nor have ever been a citizen of the United States of America. You are a slave to white America. It bothers me to hear you crying how you’re an American but they treat you like a slave. It bothers me that you are willing to fight and die for something that is not willing to sacrifice nothing for you.”
Bier writes that when he emailed Waters’ press secretary asking whether the 2006 meeting took place, the press secretary replied that Waters was traveling and unable to answer.
Roughly two weeks ago, Waters issued a statement calling President Trump a racist and urging his impeachment after his alleged “s***hole” comments regarding Haiti and African countries. She stated:
Donald Trump is a racist and indecent man with no good values who is woefully unfit and undeserving of the office in which he serves. … Donald Trump dog-whistled his way into the White House, running a campaign based on hate, bigotry, and fear. … While he won’t denounce white nationalists from our nation’s highest office, he has leveled attacks on journalists, athletes, private citizens, and even Members of Congress — many of whom, not coincidentally, are people of color.
But hugging someone who calls Judaism a “gutter religion,” someone who said of Jews, “You are the Synagogue of Satan and therefore will be dealt with by God,” is perfectly fine in Waters’ world.
What an astonishing hypocrite.