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A report from TownHall notes that in 2000, Waters was part of the overflow crowd at a Harlem church chanting “Viva Fidel!” for an appearance by the man who was then head of one of the world’s most brutal and repressive regimes.
That’s a place where, it should be noted, political rivals really are imprisoned and “placed in solitary confinement.”
Castro was clearly pleased by the reception, declaring: “I came to Harlem because I knew it was here that I would find my best friends.”
That would presumably include Waters – which would not be a stretch given the message she sent to him two years earlier in which she apologized for “mistakenly” voting for a resolution calling on him to return fugitive Joanne Chesimard to the United States.
Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur, was convicted of murdering a police officer and sentenced to life plus. She escaped prison, fled to Cuba, and claimed asylum. Castro was only too happy to provide it.
Waters said the measure calling for the extradition of a number of wanted convicts and suspects had been slipped by Republicans into a stack of 13 otherwise non-controversial bills.
Clearly, someone didn’t do their homework before voting – or at the very least didn’t read what she was voting on – and Waters sent a groveling letter to Castro afterward telling him she didn’t mean it.
She, in essence, said she was fine with U.S. fugitives and cop killers being given asylum in Cuba.
“I hope that my position is clear,” she wrote. “I hope to see a new era of U.S.-Cuban relations in the future.”
There is an unconfirmed report that Chesimard died in Cuba this year. Absent confirmation, she remains on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list with a reward of up to $1 million.
A love of communist dictators is hardly Waters’ only problem right now.
She’s been dogged by ugly ethics complaints her entire career, with the left-leaning Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington naming her one of its most corrupt politicians in 2011 for allegedly using the financial crisis to enrich herself and those closest to her.
“In the midst of a national financial catastrophe, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) used her position as a senior member of Congress and member of the House Financial Services Committee to prevail upon Treasury officials to meet with OneUnited Bank,” CREW said in a news release at the time. “She never disclosed that her husband held stock in the bank.”
Yet California voters continue to send her to Washington.
Then again, it’s no wonder, considering that it’s the same state that continues to elect representatives Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi, and Eric Swalwell.
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If there’s a bright side, experts believe next year’s census will show population growth in the Golden State has stalled to the extent that California could lose a seat in the House of Representatives.
Maybe… just maybe… it’ll be Waters’ spot.
— Walter W. Murray is a reporter for The Horn News. He is an outspoken conservative and a survival expert, and is the author of “America’s Final Warning.”