Maxine Waters gives 'Wakanda' salute at Aretha Franklin's funeral
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Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersPrivate insurance plays a critical part in home mortgage ecosystem On The Money: Lawmakers closing in on border deal | Dems build case for Trump tax returns | Trump, Xi won't meet before trade deadline | Waters in talks with Mnuchin for testimony Waters in talks with Mnuchin for testimony on lifting of sanctions on Russian firms 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 John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration MORE's attacks on Waters, The Associated Press reported.

AP noted that many people in the audience, including former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonHoward Schultz must run as a Democrat for chance in 2020 Trump says he never told McCabe his wife was 'a loser' Harris off to best start among Dems in race, say strategists, donors 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.