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 WatersOvernight Health Care: White House projects grim death toll from coronavirus | Trump warns of 'painful' weeks ahead | US surpasses China in official virus deaths | CDC says 25 percent of cases never show symptoms Democrats, Trump set to battle over implementing T relief bill Maxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: 'Stop congratulating yourself! You're a failure' MORE (D-Calif.), a frequent critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpIllinois governor says state has gotten 10 percent of medical equipments it's requested Biden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll Tesla offers ventilators free of cost to hospitals, Musk says 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.

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"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 StoneJuan Williams: Mueller, one year on House Judiciary Committee postpones hearing with Barr amid coronavirus outbreak Trump 'strongly considering' full pardon for Flynn 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 BarrWilliam Pelham BarrTrump administration makes push for transitional government in Venezuela Brooklyn man accused of lying about hoarding medical supplies, coughing at officers Juan Williams: Mueller, one year on 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.