Democratic Rep. Waters tells homeless people to ‘go home’, reporter warns in tense exchange

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Rep. Maxine Waters reportedly warned a reporter not to report a story about an event she attended near a Los Angeles homeless encampment where tensions boiled over amid confusion over Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to a report of the New York Post, Waters was present at a chaotic event where hundreds of homeless people showed up due to inaccurate reports on social media that Section 8 housing vouchers were being handed out.

Representative Maxine Waters (D-California) arrives for a House Democratic Caucus meeting to choose leaders for the 116th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, United States, November 28, 2018.
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At one point, when it was clear the event staff were overwhelmed, Waters reportedly told the crowd, “I want everyone to go home.”

The comment reportedly sparked an angry reaction from the crowd, many of whom were homeless.

“We don’t have a home, that’s why we’re here!” a member of the crowd reportedly replied. “Which house are we going to?”

President Rep.  Maxine Waters, D-Calif., listens during a House Financial Services Committee hearing Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (Sarah Silbiger/Pool via AP)

President Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., listens during a House Financial Services Committee hearing Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Sarah Silbiger/Pool via AP)
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Watters then grew frustrated and said, “Excuse me, there’s no one in Washington who works for their people more f— harder than me. I don’t want to hear that. No, no, no.”

When a reporter from the Los Angeles Times contacted Waters about the event, the congresswoman reportedly tried to dissuade the paper from reporting the story.

“You will hurt yourself and the community trying to put this together without a background,” she told reporter Connor Sheets, according to the Los Angeles Times. “I don’t want you to start trying to write it down, you won’t understand it.”

Video of the scene posted to Twitter by ABC 7 Los Angeles reporter Ashley Mackey shows Waters addressing concerned citizens at the event, saying Waters was there to “help”.

A disabled homeless woman, Joyce Burnett, told the Los Angeles Times that she was struggling to get the answers she needed.

A view of a homeless encampment on Skid Row on Thursday, September 23, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

A view of a homeless encampment on Skid Row on Thursday, September 23, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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“Maxine Waters was here, and she said to come back Tuesday with our paperwork done,” Burnett said. “I have it, everything they asked for. But every time we approach the start of the line, they close the door. They opened the door about 20 minutes ago and said they don’t served no one else today.”

Waters’ office did not immediately respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment.

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