Maxine Waters has turned around her congressional career by hitching her wagon to the Resistance movement. One of the most outspoken advocates against Donald Trump in Congress, Waters has seen her media influence skyrocket in the era of Trump.
But that new social media cache is not translating well to the youth in her district, if her recent “Auntie Maxine” meetup is any indication.
The candidate held a Meet & Greet Tweet-A-Thon on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in her district in Los Angeles. A promotional card for the event advertised that “top social media influencers” would be on hand to support “our fearless champion in Congress.”
Young people were asked to join ‘top social media influencers for a tweet-a-thon in support of Auntie Maxine… come energized and ready to get out the vote’.
But it was a lonely-looking Waters taking to the microphone at Sunday’s event, as a video posted on her Twitter account showed just 11 millennials in attendance.
A video posted of the event, however, shows 11 people in the room. That’s including Waters. When the camera panned to the room where the event was being held, many empty chairs and tables can be seen. The small group of supporters huddled in a circle to tell the congresswoman what issues they care about, and to listen to Waters talk about housing, the border, Donald Trump, Ben Carson and her congressional opponent, Omar Navarro.
— Maxine Waters (@MaxineWaters) June 3, 2018
Afterwards, she took to Twitter to thank ‘all of the #millennials who supported our tweet-a-thon today.’
After Time magazine honoured her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, ‘Black-ish’ actor Yara Shahidi said that she was ‘adored and admired by people who care about social justice… particularly the white men of Congress who dare test her acumen’.
In April this year, Waters called upon Donald Trump to ‘please resign. So that I won’t have to keep up this fight of your having impeached because I don’t think you deserve to be here. Just get out.’