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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Waters to Trump: If you hate the Constitution so much, resign!

May 2, 2017
Press Release

Waters to Trump: If you hate the Constitution so much, resign!


Washington, D.C.—Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s criticisms of the rules of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives during a Fox News interview where he called them an “archaic system” that is a “bad thing for the country”:


“It is a sad day in America when the person who swore to defend the Constitution of the United States as our nation’s Chief Executive attacks the cornerstone principles of our democracy and calls them ‘archaic’. President Donald Trump’s reckless comments don’t exist in a vacuum; they are what we have come to expect given the unprecedented attacks he’s made on other democratic institutions in this county throughout his disastrous first 100 days in office.


“When Donald Trump’s ill-conceived and unconstitutional travel ban was stopped by the courts, he attacked the judges. Whenever members of the press fact-check his lies and report on his inconsistent policy positions and conflicts of interest, he calls them ‘fake news’ and enemies of the people. When the intelligence community and the FBI reveal information about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and advance investigations into his campaign’s many ties to Russia and Vladimir Putin, he reduces their efforts to a ‘witch hunt’. Even his own party has not been spared, as he will often use Twitter to attack or threaten any person or institution that challenges him – that is of course when he isn’t endorsing Trump properties or promoting Fox News. 


“I find Donald Trump’s apparent contempt for our democracy and democratic institutions especially troubling in light of his glowing admiration of brutal autocrats like Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey as well as his unwavering respect and deference to Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin. He needs to understand that he does not get to unilaterally change the rules of our democracy just because he finds them inconvenient or standing in the way of his agenda. Donald Trump needs to understand that he is not a king, that the United States is not his monarchy, and that our Constitution will most certainly outlast his presidency.


“I remain deeply disturbed by this dangerous man who continues to denigrate our country, our Constitution, and the Office of the Presidency. His comments are a disgrace and prove once again why he is fundamentally unfit to serve in our nation’s highest office.  Since he recently confessed to Reuters that being President is more challenging than he anticipated and that he misses his old life, I would invite him to do himself and the country a favor and resign.”