Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters threw herself under the bus when asked on Tuesday if she thinks it is irresponsible to call for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
MSNBC’s Ari Melber played a clip of Rep. Waters from 1998 claiming that Republicans were seeking to impeach then-president Bill Clinton over political disagreements.
“I am greatly disappointed in the raw, unmasked, unbridled hatred, and meanness that drives this impeachment coup d’etat,” Waters said at the time. “My Republican friends, what you do here today will long be remembered and recorded in history as one of the most despicable actions ever taken by the Congress of the United States of America.”
Melber suggested that many people would make the same arguments about Waters’ current advocacy for impeachment. Waters responded by saying that her fellow Democrats were being “responsible” by not calling for impeachment, suggesting that she believes her own actions are irresponsible.
“I just want to tell you that the Democrats have been very very responsible and even saying to me that I should not be calling for impeachment,” she said. “They have not taken a position as a Democratic caucus on this impeachment and they’ve said to me that, ‘let’s just talk about our issues, let’s not talk about him.'”
“So Democrats have been terribly responsible, and again, I’m one of just a few who have insisted that he’s unworthy, that he’s deplorable, that he’s despicable, and he should be impeached,” she concluded.