Maxine Waters Obliterates Trump and His Police Brutality Speech in a Single Tweet
California Rep. Maxine Waters makes more sense in one
sentence than President Donald Trump does whenever he opens his
mouth in front of a TV camera or fires off early–morning,
stream–of–consciousness tweets from atop the toilet bowl.
On Friday, Trump veered off message during a speech in Suffolk County, NY, that
was supposed to be about the “scourge” of the Mara Salvatrucha
and other scary, Latino–sounding gangs. Tough–guy Trump, who is
really just an insecure bully, thought it a good idea to
build camaraderie with the police officers in attendance by not
only condoning police brutality, but actually
“When you see these towns, and when you see these thugs being
thrown in the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown
in, rough. I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice,’” Trump said,
with an annoyingly exaggerated Trumpian accent. “Like when you
guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head,
you know, the way you put the hand over [their head]. Like,
don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody. Don’t
hit their head. I said, ‘You can take the hand away, OK?’”
While many of the officers in the audience cheered and
applauded this, it wasn’t long before police departments across
the country—including Suffolk County, which hosted the
speech—began widely denouncing
Trump’s dangerous comments.
But one of the most succinct and acerbic responses came from
Waters, a ranking member of the House Financial Services
Committee, who brought up Freddie Gray’s family and the inevitability
of a Trump arrest. Gray was 25 when he died in police custody
in Baltimore from injuries sustained during a transport to
jail. His injuries at the hands of police who weren’t, as Trump
described, “too nice” included a spinal fracture.
“Freddie Gray’s family probably wants to know if officers will
protect Trump’s head when he is thrown into the back of a paddy
wagon,” Waters tweeted.
Not much one can say to that.