Maxine Waters gives 'Wakanda' salute at Aretha Franklin's funeral
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Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersBipartisan bill will help level the playing field for small businesses Republicans hammer HUD chief over sluggish rental aid Key GOP lawmaker backs Powell for another term as Fed chief 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 TrumpPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Has Trump beaten the system? MORE's attacks on Waters, The Associated Press reported.

AP noted that many people in the audience, including former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBiden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Biden hits new low in Gallup poll Biden hits trail for McAuliffe in test of his political brand 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.