Fox Host to Rep. Maxine Waters: 'Step Away From the Crack Pipe' - Her Reply to Women Is Stunning

Soon after Fox host Bill O’Reilly said he wouldn’t listen to California lawmaker Maxine Waters because of her hair, another insanely racist and derogatory Fox clip emerges showing Eric Bolling telling the Congresswoman, on air, to “step away from the crack pipe.” It gets worse.


Media Matters tweeted the Fox video clip on Tuesday.

In 2012, less than one week after Whitney Houston died, Eric Bolling looked into the camera and directed this statement at Congresswoman Waters.

“How’s this, Congresswoman? You saw what happened to Whitney Houston. Step away from the crack pipe. Step away from the Xanax. Step away from the Lorazapam. It’s going to get you in trouble.”

Bolling’s words go beyond disgusting and are wrong on so many levels. And the way “Miss Magenta Dress” responds, acting as if she was shocked while chuckling away, makes it even worse somehow. No longer are strong women merely called “bitches” for speaking their minds. The Right seeks to go to a much darker and demoralizing place. 

On the Chris Hayes show Tuesday evening, Hayes asked Waters her thoughts regarding the clip of Bill O’Reilly. The Congresswoman chose not to respond to O’Reilly, but to thank Hillary Clinton and then send a message to all women. Here is her statement.

MAXINE WATERS:

No, I'm not responding to him. First of all, let me thank Hillary Clinton for standing up for all women, and in particular for black women. And let me just say this: I'm a strong black woman and I cannot be intimidated, I cannot be undermined, I cannot be thought to be a friend of Bill O'Reilly or anybody.

And I'd like to say to women out there everywhere, don't allow these right-wing talking heads, these dishonorable people to intimidate you or scare you. Be who you are, do what you do, and let us get on with discussing the real issues of this country.

Bill O'Reilly and Roger Ailes have no credibility. They have been sued by women, they've had to pay millions of dollars out in fines for harassment and other kind of things. So, we know about that kind of checkered past, and we also know that when a woman stands up and speaks truth to power that there will be attempts to put her down.

Thank you, Congresswoman Waters. Thank you for coming on strong and making us proud every day. We need more like you Congress.

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