Maxine Waters Says Trump Is Trying To ‘Ensure’ Black People Have No ‘Influence Or Power’

Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters accused President Trump of wanting to “ensure” black people across the country have no “influence or power.”

During an interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid, the California Democrat said the president and his supporters want “to be in total charge of the country.”

This mentality, she argued, is influencing his and their public policy decisions.

“I think you said it earlier today when you talked about this need for Trump and those who support him to want to … have absolute power and to believe that it is their right and their responsibility to ensure that blacks and people of color and others do not rise to any level of influence and power, significant, that would cause them not to be in total charge of this country,” Waters said via the Washington Examiner.

“This justice system is broken,” she added. “It has never really been in our favor, and it has basically been responsible for ensuring that we could never ever get beyond this suppression and this oppression that has been forced upon us for so many years.”

As the Daily Caller reports, Waters also criticized Trump’s use of federal agents in Portland.

She claimed the use of the elite border patrol force was a “trial run” for if he loses the presidency and refuses to leave the White House.

“As a matter of fact, it has been suggested that this is a trial run of the president of the United States who may be organizing to not accept what happens when we have the election if he’s not elected,” Waters said.

“We have these paramilitary police officers or whomever they are, officers or agents of some kind that’s been organized by the president of the United States. He did not contact the local mayors. He did not contact the governors. He just sent them in. Who are these people?” Waters asked. “This is what you see in countries where you have dictators. In third world countries where dictators who have paramilitary that they can call anytime they want.”

According to the Washington Examiner, Waters’ initial comments were in reference to President Trump’s decision to commute former advisor Roger Stone’s 40-month prison sentence.

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In a statement, Trump described Stone as “a victim of the Russia Hoax” and said he suffered only because “the Special Counsel’s Office resorted to process-based charges.”

“Roger Stone is a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency,” the statement read. “There was never any collusion between the Trump Campaign, or the Trump Administration, with Russia. Such collusion was never anything other than a fantasy of partisans unable to accept the result of the 2016 election. The collusion delusion spawned endless and farcical investigations, conducted at great taxpayer expense, looking for evidence that did not exist. As it became clear that these witch hunts would never bear fruit, the Special Counsel’s Office resorted to process-based charges leveled at high-profile people in an attempt to manufacture the false impression of criminality lurking below the surface. These charges were the product of recklessness borne of frustration and malice.”