Maxine Waters gives 'Wakanda' salute at Aretha Franklin's funeral
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Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden address to Congress will dominate busy week Maxine Waters: Judge in Chauvin trial who criticized her was 'angry' GOP, Democrats grapple with post-Chauvin trial world MORE (D-Calif.) on Friday gave the “Wakanda Forever” salute at Aretha Franklin's funeral.

Waters flashed the famous gesture from the blockbuster film “Black Panther” after Bishop Charles H. Ellis III of Greater Grace Temple assured the California Democrat that "We got your back!"

The moment came during a pause in the Queen of Soul's funeral when Ellis called attention to Waters's presence in the audience and acknowledged that she had come under fire, apparently in reference to President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Ivanka Trump doubles down on vaccine push with post celebrating second shot Conservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney MORE's attacks on Waters, The Associated Press reported.

AP noted that many people in the audience, including former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonNever underestimate Joe Biden Joe Biden demonstrates public health approach will solve America's ills McAuliffe rising again in Virginia MORE, stood and applauded at the moment. 


"Everybody just point over there and tell her 'We got your back,'" Ellis said at the time, according to the news agency. "Come on, say it so everybody can hear you out there. 'We got your back!'"

Trump has repeatedly lashed out at Waters in campaign rallies and on Twitter, questioning her IQ and dubbing her a "low-IQ individual," which some critics have slammed as a racist attack.