Looking from the viewpoint of House Democrats, Democratic Representative for California Maxine Waters has the right message, but she isn’t using the right words while sharing it.
According to The Hill, the Los Angeles lawmaker’s early calls for impeachment of President Donald Trump as well as the confrontations with White House officials have made Waters to be desirable to the party’s young, liberal base.
Also, her stances have got her the respect of many House Democrats, who admire how Waters, 79, sticks to her political convictions, The Hill wrote.
“She is up-to-date, she is smart, she is authentic and she is not scared to express herself,” Democratic Representative Gwen Moore told The Hill. “She is transformative in terms of appealing to different generations of people.”
However, Waters’ most recent encouraging for a public confrontation of White House officials raised concerns among her colleagues about how Waters would handle increased authority if Democrats regain control of the House in November.
House and Senate minority leaders Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer condemned her comments, with other Democrats distancing themselves from her.
According to a former aide, the congresswoman thinks Democrats as a whole have engaged in “nice guy politics” for too long.
“She’s definitely pushing people into a place of discomfort,” said the former aide. “Slowly but surely getting the Democrats to play the game the way Trump plays it.”
The former staffer also added that Trump’s 2016 mimicking of Serge Kovaleski, a New York Times reporter who has a physical disability, “ignited her fire.”
“That was the moment that really spurred her to speak out against him,” the former staffer said. “It was a moment that I think snapped her into accepting this is now our reality and accepting her role as an emerging soldier against this administration.”