Republicans are "desperate" in their opposition to healthcare reform proposals before Congress, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) asserted late Thursday evening.

Waters, pointing to remarks by Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) that this GOP is looking for a "great white hope," said Republicans would "reveal who they are" over time.

"We are trying to keep the focus on comprehensive universal health care reform," Waters said during an appearance on MSNBC. "And they're going all over the place. They're desperate. They don't have leadership. They don't really know what to do."

"I think we're going to continue to see a lot of crazy things happening, like all of the outrage that is being demonstrated at these town hall meetings, like the kind of statements that Congresswoman Jenkins made," Waters added.

Jenkins had apologized for her remark, saying any racial connotations associated with the comments were unintentional.

Waters seemed to suggest that more Republicans would make racially tinged statements in the future, thereby "revealing" their true beliefs.

"They will define themselves. They can't help it," she said. "And I think what we should do is sit back and watch them, so that the American people can see what we're really up against."

"And I think the president would like it that way," Waters added. "He would not like to engage them in the discussion about their racist remarks. That's not the way he handles things."