Rep. Maxine Waters is running for Donald Trump‘s impeachment.
That’s what the Democrat from California told the hosts of ABC’s “The View” during an interview on Friday. She shot down rumors that she may be running for president in 2020 and instead said her mind is focused on removing Trump from office before the end of his first term.
“That’s simply a rumor, everybody,” Waters said to when questioned about a potential presidential run. “I am not running for anything except the impeachment of Trump.”
Waters’ response garnered the applause of the crowd and a “lock him up” chant from co-host Joy Behar, in reference to Trump.
Watch a video of the interaction below:
The interview on “The View” was Waters’ second TV appearance of the day. She met with the panel of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” just hours before for an interview and reiterated her displeasure with the president.
During the segment, she was asked if it was appropriate to speak about impeaching Trump given the latest news of special counsel Robert Mueller calling for a grand jury in relation to the Russia investigation.
Waters didn’t mince words in her response, calling Trump “the most deplorable person” she had ever met.
“I’ve long thought that there was a lot of smoke, even fire, and that everything that I have learned about this president, starting with the campaign itself, that people should have understood that there was something terribly wrong with him,” Waters said. “As a matter of fact, I have said over and over again, I think he’s the most deplorable person I’ve ever met in my life.”
The response by Waters was in reference to a comment made by Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail. Clinton said that half of Trump’s supporters could be grouped into “a basket of deplorables,” accusing them of having controversial opinions.
In early July, Waters reiterated her hatred of Trump to the New York Times, saying that she decided to “take the gloves off” in encouraging others to see the president the way she does.
“Trump was just so outrageous, so disrespectful, such a bully and dangerous for this country, I decided, ‘You know what? I’m taking the gloves off and I’m going to step out,'” she said.
Waters is a representative of California’s 43rd congressional district and previously served the state’s 35th and 29th districts. She’s been a member of the House since 1991.
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