Congressman Chip Roy Accuses Maxine Waters of being a Socialist, Uses Her Own Words to Prove it
Texas Congressman Chip Roy nailed down Maxine Waters recently, forcing her to denounce socialism after reading back her words from 2008.
Waters, the former Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) got into it at a House Rules Committee hearing on whether the House should officially denounce the horrors of socialism. The resolution is sponsored by one of Florida’s representatives, Maria Salazer, who introduced the idea on January 25th.
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With this topic, it’s natural that Roy questioned Waters’s, who’s a far-left long-time politician, past statements. One of these statements, from 2008, reads as a full-on embrace of socialism.
However, before getting into the main point, Roy prefaced his question with commentary about how ‘democratic socialism’ is best understood.
“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 [AOC], 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.’That’s the truth.We can talk about these terms as if they don’t matter, but they do. They do matter. They’re actually at the core of who we are.”
“I’ve got one question for the ranking member. Ranking member Waters, in a 2008 hearing you said quote, ‘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. Simple question: Do you stand by that statement?”
Water’s replied, stating, “simple answer,” but then proceeded to avoid the question. Waters complained that the matter was “taking up time on basically a non-issue,” laughing at the idea that socialist forces threatened American democracy.
But again, Roy repeated the 2008 quote, where Waters herself, an elected member of American democracy, pushed on behalf of such socialistic forces. At this point, Waters was forced to answer the question claiming that “I’m not socialist. I’m a capitalist.” Waters excused her past rhetoric as merely attempting to save social security and defend Medicare.
Roy, however, doing his best impression of a lawyer doing a cross-examination, asked Waters again to denounce her statement plainly.
“So you disagree with that? You now denounce that statement?” Roy asked. Waters again obliged and denied once more she was a socialist.
"I am NOT a socialist!!"
Watch this incredible clip of Chip Roy quoting Maxine Waters' own words right back to her face…
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) January 31, 2023
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However, some Twitter observers were not convinced of Waters’ sincerity.
One noted her original attempt to dodge the question.
Simple answer, then goes off topic. So sick of these politicians.
— T.H.O.G. 🔑 (@Hall_Of_Guilds) January 31, 2023
Another pointed out a contradiction in Waters’ statements in the hearing and her regular rhetoric.
“I might preach at you about how socialist I am, but I am not a socialist”
— robert francis= fake mexican, real pandejo (@nadacommunist) January 31, 2023
A different observer put his finger on a subtle but crucial rhetorical shift regarding American governance, arguing that even language is pushing toward radical change.
Side note: she (and all other democrats) keep referring to “our Democracy.” Intentional attemp to change the narrative to majority vote (mob rule) instead of a constitutional republic. Read speeches from the 1800s; politicians almost exclusively referred to us as a republic.
— FiercelyIndependent (@FiercelyIndepe4) January 31, 2023
Whether or not the resolution to officially denounce the horrors of socialism with ultimately pass remains to be seen.
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