Maxine Waters: Gang members have 'more integrity' than 'street player' Trump

Maxine Waters: Gang members have 'more integrity' than 'street player' Trump
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Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersThe tale of the last bipartisan unicorns Tulsa marks race massacre centennial as US grapples with racial injustice Fauci may have unwittingly made himself a key witness for Trump in 'China Flu' hate-speech case MORE (D-Calif.), a frequent critic of President TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE, in a new interview called him a "street player," comparing him unfavorably to Los Angeles gang members.

“This guy is a street player,” Waters said on Thursday's episode of Showtime's "Desus & Mero." “He’s a guy that has conned folks. He’s flirted with gangsters.”

“I have worked in some of the toughest communities. I’ve worked with gangs, I’ve worked with Crips, I’ve worked with Bloods. And there's more integrity in many of these young people in the hood than this man has," she continued.


"This is a flawed character, and I’ve never seen anything like this," Waters added.

Waters recently called Trump a "mafia boss" after he advocated for lowering the sentence for his longtime associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneBannon asked Trump DOJ to reimburse his legal fees from Russia probe: report Feds charge members of Three Percenters militia group over Jan. 6 attack Biden's anti-corruption memo is good news — and essential to US national security MORE, who on Thursday was sentenced to more than three years in prison for witness tampering and lying to Congress.

Waters accused Trump of using Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump, allies pressured DOJ to back election claims, documents show House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists Judge temporarily blocks release of Trump obstruction memo MORE to “get his criminal friends out of jail" in a tweet. The Justice Department has said that its suggestion to reduce the sentencing recommendation — originally set at seven to nine years — was made without consulting Trump.

She went on to say on Showtime that she's "uncomfortable" with the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.

"I think now it boils down to all of us wanting someone that we feel comfortable can really beat Trump. This country cannot tolerate another four years of him," she said. "I have not endorsed anybody, and I'm going to wait until after South Carolina."

South Carolina's Democratic primary is scheduled for Feb. 29.