Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) lashed out at her own constituents after an event she attended ended in chaos after homeless people who expected a Section 8 voucher got snubbed.
Waters told the huge crowd: “Nothing is going to happen here today. You cannot get Section 8 vouchers here. I want everybody to go home.” (See video below)
The crowd was not happy and let Maxine know it yelling: “We don’t got no home, that’s why we’re here. What home we gonna go to?” Maxine responded with her own ‘let em eat cake moment’ and lashed out at her own voters.
Waters said, “Excuse me, there’s nobody in Washington who works for their people any f*cking harder than I do. I don’t want to hear this. No, no, no.”
“That’s what I do every day. The money that you got thus far came from me in Washington, D.C.
“I will continue to work. I will get the information out to you.”
When asked about the event by a LA Times reporter, Maxine told the reporter not to publish the story.
“You’ll hurt yourself and the community trying to put this together without background,” she said. “I don’t want you to start trying to write it, you won’t understand it.”
From The LA Times:
The door remained shut most of the day, occasionally opening to allow small numbers of people inside and for Linda Kelly, operations director of Fathers and Mothers Who Care, to address the crowd.
“There were never any vouchers automatically handed out,” Kelly said shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday. “LAHSA gave out housing packets. You need to take that back to LAHSA. We cannot process anyone else.”
The dozens of people who remained in line loudly protested, demanding they be seen after waiting for hours in the sun. Kelly grew increasingly exasperated, telling one vocal woman, “As you can see, it’s mayhem, ma’am … We cannot handle this crowd. We cannot handle what’s going on.”
Many of the attendees on both Friday and Tuesday said they were drawn there by a graphic posted on social media Friday that stated that “[t]hey giving out section 8 on imperial and Vermont today and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays go get some help!!”
Cre King, 36, said she has been homeless for about six months. She said she saw the posting on Instagram last week and showed up at the Tuesday event at 5 a.m.
“I had a doctor’s appointment I had to cancel because I thought I would be seen here today. I wasted two whole days of my life doing this — Friday and today,” she said. “We’re all here, we’re all struggling. Times are hard.”
Rep. Maxine Waters told the gathering of mostly homeless people, “I want everybody to go home.”— Jessica Martinez (@jessicamartinez) March 30, 2022
The response was fast and angry, a voice from the crowd yelling, “We don’t got no home, that’s why we’re here. What home we gonna go to?”https://t.co/1ro1AIiIkK