‘Equal to what? Only white men?’ Democrat Maxine Waters rants about the Declaration of Independence

Maxine Waters, pictured June 27, criticized the Declaration of Independence on July 4

Maxine Waters, pictured June 27, criticized the Declaration of Independence on July 4

Maxine Waters, pictured June 27, criticized the Declaration of Independence on July 4

Maxine Waters went on an anti-American rant in a July 4 Twitter post where she claim the creeds laid out in the Declaration of Independence didn’t give ‘equal rights’ to black people or women.

‘July 4th… & so, the Declaration of Independence says all men are created equal. Equal to what? What men? Only white men? Isn’t it something that they wrote this in 1776 when African Americans were enslaved?’ the California congresswoman lamented in an Independence Day tweet.

‘They weren’t thinking about us then, but we’re thinking about us now!’ Waters proclaimed.

She went on to say that current laws are still suppressing certain communities from being equal to others, including voting laws and the rise in police brutality against black people.

Waters, 82, said that while the Declaration of Independence says ‘we hold these truths to be ‘self-evident’ that all men are created equal, the nation is not reflecting that because ’17 states have enacted voter suppression laws’ and the ‘Supreme Court gutted Sec. 5 of the Voting Rights Act’.

She also posted in her thread a list of black people who died at the hands of law enforcement: ‘George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice’.

‘Need I say more? #July4’ she concluded along with a hashtag for the American holiday celebrating the day independence was declared from Great Britain.

The California congresswoman said the document is inherently only saying all white men are equal, not minorities or women

The California congresswoman said the document is inherently only saying all white men are equal, not minorities or women

The California congresswoman said the document is inherently only saying all white men are equal, not minorities or women

Waters, a progressive, black congresswoman, has represented her southern California district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1991.

Critiques of the U.S. on arguably one of the most pro-American days in the nation were also launched by freshman Representative Cori Bush – a new member of the so-called ‘squad’ of progressive lawmakers, which includes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.

Bush, who represents Missouri’s 1st congressional district, claimed Sunday that Independence Day is only a holiday for white people.

‘When they say that the 4th of July is about American freedom, remember this: the freedom they’re referring to is for white people,’ the congresswoman tweeted. ‘This land is stolen land and Black people still aren’t free.’

Missouri congresswoman Cori Bush also criticized the Fourth of July on social media, claiming it's only a holiday for white Americans because they are the only ones who are 'free'

Missouri congresswoman Cori Bush also criticized the Fourth of July on social media, claiming it's only a holiday for white Americans because they are the only ones who are 'free'

Missouri congresswoman Cori Bush also criticized the Fourth of July on social media, claiming it’s only a holiday for white Americans because they are the only ones who are ‘free’

President Joe Biden touched on some of what Water and Cush tweeted during his Fourth of July speech from the South Lawn of the White House to a crowd of first responders and military members and their family.

‘I’ve long said America is unique,’ Biden said during his speech Sunday evening. ‘Unlike every other nation on Earth, we were founded on an idea. We hold these truths to be self-evident that all people are created equal and have right, among them, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’

‘And while we have never fully lived up to the words but we never give up on them,’ he assured. ‘They continue to animate us and remind us at our best, we as Americans believe in honor and dignity. Treat everyone with dignity and respect, giving hate no safe harbor.’

‘We are part of something so much bigger than ourselves. We stand as a beacon to the world. It’s a code uniquely American, it’s who we are,’ the president said.

President Joe Biden touched on some of these criticisms during his July 4 speech on the South Lawn of the White House, claiming 'we have never fully lived up to the words' that 'all men are created equal'

President Joe Biden touched on some of these criticisms during his July 4 speech on the South Lawn of the White House, claiming 'we have never fully lived up to the words' that 'all men are created equal'

President Joe Biden touched on some of these criticisms during his July 4 speech on the South Lawn of the White House, claiming ‘we have never fully lived up to the words’ that ‘all men are created equal’

He also alluded to Republicans blocking the For the People voting rights bill, which progressive Democrats claim would make it more accessible for minority and poorer communities to cast their ballot.

Biden said during his remarks that Americans should have ‘the right to vote and have that vote counted’, which garnered a loud cheer from the hundreds gathered on the South Lawn.

Democrats claim that the American voting system is systematically racist and tries to stifle the black vote. Republicans say any voting bill needs to include voter ID laws so individuals can easily prove that they are eligible to vote in every election.  

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