Maxine Waters: ‘I’m taking the gloves off’ on Trump

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has decided to take “the gloves off” to encourage others to see President Trump's the way she does, the House Democrat said in a New York Times profile published on Friday

“Trump was just so outrageous, so disrespectful, such a bully and dangerous for this country, I decided, ‘You know what? I’m taking the gloves off and I’m going to step out,’” Waters told the Times, explaining her bombastic rhetoric toward the president.

“I was going to not only challenge him but encourage others to see him for what he is: basically a bully, an egotistical maniac, a liar and someone who did not need to be president,” she continued.

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Waters has proven to be one of the most vocal critics of Trump during his presidency, and has called for his impeachment.

“We don’t have to be afraid to use the word impeachment,” Waters said in May, adding: “All we have to do is make sure we are talking to the American public, we are keeping them involved, we are challenging every day, we are resisting every day.”

The congresswoman slammed Trump on Friday during an MSNBC interview after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying “America is getting played” by the leaders.