Maxine Waters Fires Back at Bill O’Reilly: ‘I Cannot Be Intimidated’ (Watch)

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters fired back at Bill O’Reilly after the Fox News host mocked her hair on Tuesday’s “Fox & Friends.”

O’Reilly was asked what he thought of a clip of Waters railing against President Donald Trump and the Republican party. “I didn’t hear a word she said,” O’Reilly joked. “I was looking at the James Brown wig.” O’Reilly apologized for his comments shortly after they sparked backlash online.

Waters responded to O’Reilly’s insult in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Tuesday evening on his show “All In.”

“I’m a strong black woman and I cannot be intimidated,” Waters said. “I cannot be undermined. I cannot be thought to be afraid of Bill O’Reilly or anybody,” she said.

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She continued, also taking aim at former Fox News boss Roger Ailes. “Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes have no credibility,” she said, citing lawsuits filed against both.

Waters added, “When a woman stands up and speaks truth to power that there will be attempts to put her down. And so, I’m not going to be put down, I’m not going to go anywhere. I’m going to stay on the issues.”

The congresswoman, who represents California’s 43rd district, then segued to talking points about Trump’s relationship with Russia and Vladimir Putin.

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  1. wolfmann4u says:

    Waters has the same LA voting block for the last 30 years

  2. Dorothy Dempsey says:

    Change is Inevitable to Darkness is to Light, Words can Create Darkness or Light.

    I do not know if Bill O’Reilly has had any real interaction with black people. He may be like some misguided white people who have never interacted with black people and have no desire to do so.
    They consider their reasons valid. Some white people have been taught racism ” No child is born a Racist ” Others have been influenced by the News Media, A Bad Experience or some Misleading or Exaggerated Circumstance.
    Someone told me that Bill O’Reilly is Catholic , Maybe if we are lucky he will have a past Speaker of the house, John Boehner Pope Francis moment.Otherwise it is so sad because the words he speaks in public forum not only impact the person for whom they were intended ; but also hurts others. He now is on the platform with other Racist groups who like nothing more then to hear words spoken like his.
    Join the parade Mr O’Reilly with all the shepherds of the church who will not speak out on longstanding racism in the churches. Your words are hurtful, Their silence is heartbreaking.
    Why would you degrade Congresswoman Waters ? What real man would do that who does not feel threatened in some way.
    Yet you challenge her to come on your show,what then, what are you trying to prove,everyone knows how you feel as a racist.. Does it make you or your followers happy ?. What does anyone gain in life at the expense of hurting others ?
    The police have a story to tell of people down on their luck and their story will have no distinction between any race of people other then the opportunity and privilege afforded a white person compared to a person of color. All races of people experience hardship. Joblessness, Mental Illness, Drug Addiction, Prostitution, are all problems that every day humans face. the color of ones skin has no bearing on hardship.
    Bill O’ Reilly and Fox News want to tell a different story of how black people should get on with their lives and pull themselves up by the bootstraps.
    Bill O’Reilly you and your big fake on your face grin apology need to go. There are very qualified Young women whose qualifications far exceed those of a racist journalist like you and are more then willing t o replace you.

    Black and White women who are on board with a changing world , a world where no one sees the color of ones skin as a negative.

    Fox News needs to go if they refuse to change. When will they begin to speak out on Truth to Power and push to abolish racism. Powerful words have been spoken, ” The Rich Shall not Inherent Earth ”
    Fox News be diligent in to those who you consider,
    ” Little People People or People of no Consequence.
    Bill O’ Reilly be diligent your time is up , Let the TV. rating of Fox News speak Truth to Power.

  3. Dorothy Dempsey says:

    Change is Inevitable as Darkness is to Light, Words can create Darkness or Light

    Bill O’Reilly needs to be fired. his fake apologies are not acceptable. He did not hear what Congresswoman Waters because she was black. It had nothing to do with a James Brown wig. No black woman in his opinion dare criticize President Donald Trump nor even has an opinion as worthy as his
    This ” Over the hill privileged white man ” is a racist and has probably been all his life. He will tell you if you ask him that he is not racist but only tells it like he see’s it.
    Congresswoman Waters is a passionate black woman who has valid viewpoint concerning Presidents Donald Trump’s competence as the President of the United States.Many others people of all races feel the same way.
    If Mr. O’Reilly did not agree with Congresswoman Waters viewpoint concerning President Donald Trump’s and he has any reasonable debate in opposition to her debate then why not voice an opinion worthy of a person up on his game.
    Mr. O’Reilly chose to use bar room rhetoric less worthy of a journalist of his statue’ it makes one pause to wonder if congresswoman Waters passionate viewpoint was so factual and on point that he did not what to say other then what came out of his mouth.
    Despite Mr O’Reilly’s and Fox News racist views black women have played a very important role in the history of our country. Does that not allow us to voice our viewpoint on Fox news ?
    Black people are the most resilient race of people Our history and struggles are witness to that. We do no hate white people . There is no time for that. If some white people fear black people ; which I suspect they do ,then they have to live with that.
    There is nothing black people can do about that. History is Legacy and the only way to change bad legacy to Good Legacy is CHANGE.

    This letter to be continued for fear time out.

    • Majorette says:

      Representative Waters, if it is a wig, can take it off at night; but his ugly, winkled, sagging face he cannot. The sad part, he just showed America that he is uglier in that what we thought. Disgraceful and down right disrespectful. That is someone’s mother.

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