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 WatersPowell, Mnuchin stress limits of current emergency lending programs Pelosi: House will stay in session until agreement is reached on coronavirus relief Omar invokes father's death from coronavirus in reaction to Woodward book MORE (D-Calif.), a frequent critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Third judge orders Postal Service to halt delivery cuts 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 StoneFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. The agony of justice Our Constitution is under attack by Attorney General William Barr 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 BarrFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Why a backdoor to encrypted data is detrimental to cybersecurity and data integrity FBI official who worked with Mueller raised doubts about Russia investigation 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.