A reporter tried to come for Congresswoman Maxine Waters, accusing her of shoving him, but Twitter was not having it.
On Saturday, Waters was approached by Michael Tracey, a correspondent for The Young Turks, while she was taking part in the March for Truth in Los Angeles, California. Tracey questioned her about some of her tweets condemning Russia and President Donald Trump’s connection.
“During a one-week span in March, I looked at your tweets, and about 60 percent had to do with this Russia issue. Do you think that’s a proportionate focus?” he asked.
“We can walk and chew gum at the same time … Russia is not our friend …they are undermining our democracy by hacking into our elections and trying to determine, as they have done, who should be president of the United States,” she responded. “At the same time, we fight very hard for healthcare, we are trying to preserve the ACA and they are trying to undo it with Trumpcare that’s gonna throw 34 million people out of healthcare. And so, we know how to do both and we’re doing both.”
As she tried to rejoin the march, Tracey asked yet another question: “When you say Russia is not our friend, was Obama mistaken to forge military cooperation with Russia in Syria and to get a startup treaty?”
At that point Waters told him that she was out to impeach Trump and attempted to walk away, but Tracey still had his mic in her face. She then brushed it aside and continued with the march.
Tracey took to Twitter, telling his followers: “Rep. Maxine Waters just shoved me and angrily stormed off as I asked her questions. (Not a violent shove but she initiated physical contact).” He promised to upload a video of the incident, but only shared a video of his cameraman describing what happened.
A Twitter user uploaded a video of the actual interview and Twitter had a field day. Tracey was roasted well into the next day. Many users compared his overblown account of the incident to what might happen in a Looney Tunes cartoon.
Waters told MSNBC, “This 125-pound woman is not around pushing these big men. He just lied. If you look at the video it shows you there was no pushing, I walked away from him.”