On MSNBC tonight, Chris Hayes gave Representative Maxine Waters an opportunity to respond to Bill O’Reilly. The Fox News host insulted Waters’ hair this morning on Fox & Friends and then apologized after his comments generated enough heat on social media that people were calling for his termination.
She didn’t accept.
Instead, Waters used the time to thank Hillary Clinton for defending “all women and in particular black women” (including Waters herself earlier this evening) and to give a message to Americans: she doesn’t care who comes for her. She’s not backing down in her battle against Donald Trump and she’s not giving up on her determination to make this country better for everyone.
“I’m a strong black woman. I cannot be intimidated. I cannot be undermined. I cannot be thought to be afraid of Bill O’Reilly or anybody,” she asserted. “I’d like to say to women out there everywhere, don’t allow these right-wing talking heads, these dishonorable people, to intimidate you or scare you. Be who you are! Do what you do! And let us get on with discussing the real issues of this country!”
She went on to point out O’Reilly and Roger Ailes “have no credibility” because they’ve both been sued by women for “harassment and other kinds of things.” It is true that both have been sued for workplace harassment. In Ailes’s case, it led to his ouster at Fox News.
“When a woman stands up and speaks truth to power, there will be an attempt to put her down,” Waters told Hayes. “I’m not going to be put down, I’m not going to go anywhere. I’m going to stay on the issues.”
She went on to list those issues. Watch above.
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