Maxine Waters gives 'Wakanda' salute at Aretha Franklin's funeral
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Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersDemocrats keeping GOP from motivating voters with Trump impeachment threat, analyst says Juan Williams: Trump's war on civil rights Kavanaugh fight roils an already ugly political climate 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 TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown MORE's attacks on Waters, The Associated Press reported.

AP noted that many people in the audience, including former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonFeehery: Are you (October) surprised? Why must everything Rosenstein be filled with drama?   Judge denies bid to move lawsuit over Trump national monument rollbacks to Utah 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.