Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), who has a long history of legal entanglements, is embroiled again in controversy and made headlines today for a sharp response when Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) challenged her previous statements threatening a government takeover of private oil companies.
Waters, who is now facing scrutiny for paying her daughter $192,000 in campaign funds in 2022 and more than $1,000,000 overall to family members for questionable services, was put on the hot seat today when representatives discussed a resolution denouncing socialism.
Waters, who has been labeled a socialist, took offense when Reps. Chip Roy, Steve Scalise (R-LA), and Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL) moved to introduce H.Con. Res. 9, a resolution designed to bring attention to the failures caused by socialism, including famines and human rights abuses, according to the Daily Caller.
In noting the detrimental impact of socialist policies at Tuesday’s House Rules Committee hearing, Roy said:
“We can go around and around in circles about trying to talk about and defining socialism, but at its core I was intrigued by an op-ed that I saw not too long ago by a Democrat from Cuba commenting on one of our colleagues, an avowed socialist, and essentially pointing out the extent to which democratic socialism is a lot like the system my family fled except its proponents promised to be nicer when seizing your business.”
Desiring for Congress to be put on record as opposing socialism, Roy pushed Waters to declare her position on the matter. He said:
“I’ve got one question for… ranking member Waters in a 2008 hearing, you said, ‘and guess what, this liberal will be all about … this liberal will be all about socializing … would be about basically taking over the government and the government running all of your companies’ end quote.”
Roy followed up pointedly: “Simple question: Do you stand by that statement?”
During a congressional hearing in 2008 in regard to oil companies and the high oil prices, Waters suggested that “the government run … all of your [oil] companies.”
Roy pushed Waters to recognize that her comment aligned with socialist policies and asked her to retract or denounce the statement.
An angry Waters stated there was no need for concern as socialist policies were not being implemented in America.
Watters added: “I’m not a socialist, I’m a capitalist, and I commit to you that I am here to save Social Security, to save Medicare, to save seniors and Veterans and for some of you who have adopted certain kind of ways that you support what you now claim is socialism, I’m here to say to you, come on.”
When Roy again asked Waters to retract her threat to have the government take over private oil companies, Waters responded: “I am not a socialist.”
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