Maxine Waters trampled on the memory of a deceased civil rights activist in an effort to secure cheap political points.
Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), disgraced the honor of recently deceased comedian Dick Gregory by launching into eulogy containing a tirade demanding President Trump’s impeachment. “I wish I could sit with Dick, because I got work to do.” Waters said, before shifting attention towards her political ambitions. “I’m cleaning out the White House.” Surprisingly, the onlookers erupted into raucous applause, shifting the tone of the mournful gathering.
For over two minutes Waters railed against President Trump with only one fleeting reference to Dick Gregory – who she was supposed to be eulogizing. “Did [President Trump] collude with Russia? I bet you Dick Gregory would tell me ‘yeah, he did it,'” Waters said, never mentioning the late comedian again.
It is unclear if Maxine Waters even knows who Dick Gregory is, as she didn’t mention a single personal detail of the late comedian and civil rights leader. In fact, Waters could have offered the same eulogy at any funeral. There was absolutely nothing of substance tying her anti-Trump outrage to the deceased.
Dick Gregory died on August 19th, 2017. He was a famed comedian known for being one of the first black comedians to attract white audiences after the end of segregated comedy venues. Gregory was ranked as one of Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-ups of all time. He was also a renowned civil rights leader and outspoken activist. However, no one could have known any of that listening to Waters’ eulogy.
Instead, Waters used the eulogy as an opportunity to push her own hysterical brand of anti-Trump politics. Instead of eulogizing a hero of the civil rights era, Waters spent the entirety of her speech attacking Trump.
“And then comes along this person,” Waters said, referring to Trump without saying his name as if he were Voldemort. “This person who does not respect you. This dishonorable human being who cheats everybody! This dishonorable human being who will lie at the drop of a hat. This dishonorable human being who has the alt-Right, and the KKK and everybody else inside his Cabinet!”
“I’m gonna say ‘Impeach 45 every day,'” Waters screamed at the conclusion of her eulogy as she attempted to whip the crowd into a chant. “‘Impeach 45 every day,’ ‘Impeach 45 every day.'”
While Waters used her eulogy to boost her political position, other civil rights activists such as Harry Belafonte took the time to honor the memory of Dick Gregory, by actually referring to him and his achievements.
“For some of us, we have lost a great friend. For all of us, in the struggle for justice, we have lost a great warrior.” Belafonte said, proving to Waters that a eulogy is much more powerful if it actually discusses the deceased.
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“But in our memory of him, let us recall that, without him, much that we experienced would not have happened. Without him, much that we have achieved would not have happened. Without him, much that we have done will live on. We will miss Dick Gregory.”
Regardless of whether Waters knew Gregory personally or not, she could have chosen more tasteful words to respect the deceased — or at least saved the political rant for a venue more appropriate than a funeral.