Maxine Waters Says First Move As President Would Be to Impeach Trump-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters said her first move as president would be to impeach President Trump during an interview with Anderson Cooper.
Maxine Waters did not say that her first move if elected president would be to impeach Trump. The quote was falsely added to a screen shot of a 2017 interview between Walters and Anderson Cooper on CNN.
A Twitter handle that regularly posts pro-Trump tweets started the rumor. The tweet shows an exchange between Waters and Cooper. It includes this dialogue: “Anderson: If elected what would your first act as president be? Waters: Well Anderson, I would impeach Donald Trump.” Of course, the joke is that Trump wouldn’t be president, and couldn’t be impeached, if Waters was president.
In reality, the screen shot came from an April 2017 CNN appearance. Waters and Cooper discussed Bill O’Reilly’s ouster at Fox News — not President Trump. The interview was repackaged as “Maxine Waters 2020” to make it appear that Waters was, in fact, running for president. The original video said “Bill O’Reilly Out at Fox News.”
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) April 20, 2017
For those reasons, we’re calling this one “fiction.” Waters has been the subject of many false quotations like this one. We’ve investigated false reports that she made hypocritical comments about her armed security detail and gun control, and North Korean nuke, just to name a few.