Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) has held on to her seat in Congress for the last three decades. But this year, she just might finally be removed.
Waters is facing a new challenger in the form of Republican Joe Collins, an Iraq War veteran and Los Angeles native, who is offering a very different agenda.
Republican challenges Waters
Collins’ campaign website notes “the lack of quality education, unsafe gang activity, alarming high crime rate and rampant homelessness” in the district that Waters has represented for nearly 30 years.
What’s more, the candidate says he believes “in an America where hard work is rewarded, so instead of offering tax breaks to companies shipping jobs overseas, we offer them to companies creating jobs here at home.”
When he spoke to the Washington Times, Collins had strong words for his opponent’s party, saying, “There is no secret that the policies of the Democratic Party have destroyed the very fabric of minority communities.”
“No economic development, lack of quality jobs, poor education, and Joe Biden’s 1994 crime bill have directly contributed to the demise of our communities,” Collins complained.
“There has never been a Democratic leader, including former President Barack Obama and Maxine Waters, who has taken productive steps towards improving or reversing the decades of destruction the members of their party have caused,” he continued.
Waters’ extreme history
“Maxine Waters and other so-called leaders of the Democratic Party are pathetic and they prove it daily,” according to Collins. “We don’t need anymore pandering. We need action and opportunity.”
Waters has a long history of extreme comments and associations. In 1992, she characterized the riots that claimed some 63 lives as “understandable” and led chants of “No Justice, No Peace” at a rally.
She has also been criticized for her ties to Louis Farrakhan, a figure who frequently makes hateful comments toward Jews and white people.
At a rally in 2018, Waters called on supporters to harass members of the Trump administration should they be spotted in a public location.
“If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd,” the congresswoman yelled. “You push back on them. Tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere!”