Unethical Quote of the Day (Trayvon Martin Ethics Train Wreck Edition): Rep. Maxine Waters

“I, personally, really truly believe this is a hate crime.”

—-Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) in a joint interview with CBC Chairman Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) on CNN, speaking about the shooting death of young Trayvon Martin.

Ah, we knew we could count on you!

And I believe, under the circumstances, it is fair to say this: This statement is conclusive evidence that Maxine Waters is a) a disgrace to Congress, b) irresponsible and reckless, and c) an idiot.

She represents Watts. There are racial tensions being ratcheted higher and higher by unscrupulous demagogues (Sharpton), ideological columnists (too many to mention), emotional relatives, and widespread ignorance of the law, the facts, the evidence and the participants. Waters has no special knowledge about the incident, and the case isn’t in her community or state. She is politicizing a delicate and potentially explosive law enforcement episode at a time when rational observers on all sides are calling for a step back, a cooling of rhetoric, and an end to interference with the local authorities handling of the matter.

There is absolutely no way that she can determine whether or not the killing was a hate crime, or even a crime at all, until the facts are clearer and on the record. For an elected official of the U.S. government to make such a statement, in such a flammable environment, would be beyond belief coming from almost anyone but Waters, who has made too many ridiculous and irresponsible public statements over her career—heck, over the last 12 months—to count. But this may be her worst yet.

Welcome to the train wreck, Congresswoman, and thanks for making it even more dangerous. Every little bit hurts.

Fool.

8 thoughts on “Unethical Quote of the Day (Trayvon Martin Ethics Train Wreck Edition): Rep. Maxine Waters

  1. This statement is conclusive evidence that Maxine Waters is a) a disgrace to Congress, b) irresponsible and reckless, and c) an idiot.

    She’s proven those things conclusively numerous times in the past. Has made no difference.

  2. Because Waters can’t possibly know the mind of Zimmerman, her quote says much more about her mindset than anything else. I think hate is one of those uncomfortable feelings which many people easily project onto someone else while assuring themselves that they possess the moral highground. I think it’s “going around” and seems to be quite contagious.

  3. There she goes, showing what passes today for exemplary leadership. Sometimes, I suspect that many of the most famous, big-mouthed, powerful Americans are secretly enrolled in (and are competing for some kind of perverse prize from) the Mahmoud Ahmedinejad School of Rhetorical Incitement Against Civility, Responsibility, and Global Tranquility.

  4. I mostly agree with you on this but the issues have already been overly politicized long before her comments and the fact that the Justice Department is intervening casts some doubt on the competence of the local authorities in their handling of this matter. Nevertheless no one, let alone a public official, should be fanning the flames as she has.

    • I mostly agree with you on this but the issues have already been overly politicized long before her comments and the fact that the Justice Department is intervening casts some doubt on the competence of the local authorities in their handling of this matter. Nevertheless no one, let alone a public official, should be fanning the flames as she has.

      Under what provision of the Constitution does Congress have power to intervene in this matter?

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