Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., wants the world to know that her state is “extremely important,” so much so that she feels that should have “more say” in who Democrats nominate for president.
Swanky fundraisers that raise a lot of money was the reasoning she offered, which shows how much of an elitist the 81-year-old Waters has become as a result of the gains she’s made in life as a public servant.
Appearing on CNBC, Waters was asked about California moving up its primary and said “a lot of people” feel Iowa and New Hampshire shouldn’t be the first presidential elections in the nation
“I think my state is extremely important, and that is why we moved up our primary,” she said.
Dem Rep. Maxine Waters complains that IA and NH are the first caucus and primary.
She says she thinks CA should “have more say” in Dem primary b/c of all the money rich people in Beverly Hills give Dems during “fancy parties” and big money fundraisers.pic.twitter.com/HKPB2PuUFW
— Tommy Pigott (@TCPigott) February 13, 2020
“As you know, we have candidates who fly out to Los Angeles from everywhere to raise money,” she continued. “As a matter of fact, it had gotten so you’d have two, three, four at a time in Beverly Hills having dinners and some of our contributors, who were very rich, were holding, you know, fancy parties trying to accommodate the requests for donations and contributions.”
There are concerns on the left that Iowa and New Hampshire “giving too much weight to white voters’ voices in an increasingly diverse country,” as Mother Jones said of the Hawkeye State, and count Waters among this crowd, as she said these states are “not reflective of the makeup of this country.”
“The conclusion — the thinking is that if we are supplying tremendous dollars to candidates, we ought to have more say,” she said. “And of course beyond that, a lot of people have come to the conclusion that it should not simply be Iowa and New Hampshire.”
For the record, Iowa is 85% white, while New Hampshire is 90% white.
Waters lives in a 6,000-square foot, $4.3 million mansion outside her district, in the Windsor Square neighborhood of Los Angeles, one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Southern California, according to the Orange County Register.
The most recent census data shows that the median household income in Waters’ district is $56,655, well below the statewide median of $71,805, with 16.6 percent of residents living below the poverty line, the newspaper reported.
Here’s a sampling of some of the responses to the story from Twitter:
If I understand this correctly from @RepMaxineWaters… big money in politics is now so super-duper OK that we should reward states that hold the most number of elitist fundraisers? I would love to see the DNC try and promulgate that to its members.
— AV (@alvig41) February 14, 2020
‘… happy if I said I could wave my hand and make people behave less violently. I am not that presumptuous. We have a moral responsibility to share the resources of this country.’
– Rep Maxine Waters, WaPo, 1 May 1992
— Sophiestications (@Sophiesticatio2) February 14, 2020
This is why the Electoral College is important.
— DCayce (@DCayce1) February 14, 2020
This is exactly why they want to eliminate the Electoral College. A move to a Popular Vote would mean States like NY and CA would have all the control.
— Walk Not So Softly (@WalkNotSoSoftly) February 14, 2020
And this is what passes for logic in this woman’s mind! You can’t get any more out of touch about what the U.S. stands for than this!
— deborah hallsted (@deborahhallsted) February 14, 2020
She’s determined that wealthy people donating their own money is somehow CAs money. Maxine is whack!
— FullMoon 🎅🎄 (@LIMIT_EVERYONE) February 14, 2020
“We are the District 1 of the west coast, and we are entitled and demand to be taken more seriously than the outlying districts. Those rubes don’t have the money, mansions, or caterers to throw a BBQ costume party, let alone a fundraiser.”
— Biden Bribe’s ‘Em Like The Best Of ‘Em (@HudsonPatriot) February 14, 2020
that pays her daughter several hundred thousands of dollars as a campaign helper.
— Occam’sRazorBurn (@scorobe1) February 14, 2020
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