Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) addressed the Glamour magazine Women of the Year awards where she was honored with the Woman of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award on Monday night. Waters used her speech to call for, repeatedly, the impeachment of President Trump. After making her case against the president, claiming "democracy is at stake," the California Congresswoman led the attendees of the awards show in a chant of 'Impeach 45!'
Waters' opening remarks:
WATERS: I am so pleased to see the interest and concern you are showing at what is happening at the highest levels of government. I see you and I hear you. And I encourage you not only to vote, to register, to get involved. But I want you to organize. I want you to join progressive organizations. I want you to seek out opportunities to serve on boards. And I want you to do everything that you can to get ready to run for office.
This is your time. So I'm claiming my time and I want you to claim your time. You are smart. You are bright. You are intelligent. And I don't want you to be intimidated by anything or anybody. You see what is happening at the highest levels of government. And I want you to know that you have the opportunity to do something about it.
This is your country, this is your future, and our democracy is at stake. And, so, not only am I depending on all of the progressives everywhere, but I'm depending on young people. I'm depending on the millennials to do what we know they can do.
You see again what is going on. You understand who is being disadvantaged. You understand who is being undermined. And you also understand those who would intimidate you and try to dismiss you and keep you from becoming what you want to become. Trust yourselves. Do not doubt yourselves. Do what you know your mind and your heart is telling you to do.
"Ladies and gentlemen and to our young people, in particular, you recognize when a leader is irresponsible. You recognize when a leader is dishonorable and disrespectful of you," Waters said. "You recognize when a leader is dangerous. Even if that leader is the President of the United States of America. And I want you to have the courage and I want you to know that you can stand up to him or anybody else."
"And for those who say to me, 'You are asking for something too soon and too early, be careful, don't jeopardize yourself, don't say what you’re saying right now but I'll continue to say, 'Impeach him!' Impeach him! Impeach him!" Waters said to wild applause and a standing ovation.
"Impeach 45!" she yelled.
"Impeach 45!" the audience yelled back.
"I didn't hear you! Impeach 45!" she led the chant again.
The audience responded with a healthy 'Impeach 45!' cheer.
Actress and singer Zendaya introduced Waters, "Have you ever been the only woman in a room? What about the only black woman in a room? Our next honoree has reminded us over and over again when we are faced with the despair and defeating odds of that room, we can not allow it to intimidate us She teaches us how to let it fuel us. She reminds us that we must be fearless in how we represent ourselves in a room where we are not always being represented."