Missouri Democrat and Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) member Rep. William Lacy Clay ignited a firestorm of controversy and first amendment debate when he hung a painting depicting police officers as pigs in the U.S. Capitol.
Luckily, sanity prevailed when Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers determined the painting violated the House Building Commission's rules and planned for its removal on Tuesday, January 17, following the federal holiday.
Still, as egregious as Clay’s decision to condone the debasement of police officers is, it pales in comparison to what other CBC members have done to show their contempt for law enforcement officers and their support of cop killers.
California Representative Maxine “Mad Max” Waters called for the investigation and eventual impeachment of President-elect Donald Trump during an interview this week on Chris Matthews’ MSNBC show.
Waters, grand dame of the CBC, might want to rethink calling for investigations, however, as it was she - not Mr. Trump - who wrote a 1998 letter to Fidel Castro urging him not to extradite convicted cop killer Joanne Chesimard, a.k.a. Assata Shakur, back to the United States.
Chesimard, a member of the Black Liberation Army terror organization, was convicted in 1977 for the 1973 murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster and the grievous wounding of his partner, Trooper James Harper.
Chesimard escaped from prison in 1979 and lived underground in the U.S. for five years before finally surfacing in Cuba in 1984, where she now lives openly and freely under the protection of the Castro regime.
Despite Chesimard being on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list, Rep. Maxine Waters wrote the following to Fidel Castro on September 29, 1988:
I, and some of the Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, mistakenly voted for House Concurrent Resolution 254 which called on the Government of Cuba to extradite to the United States Joanne Chesimard and all other individuals who have fled the United States from political persecution and received political asylum in Cuba. Joanne Chesimard was the birth name of a political activist known to most Members of the Congressional Black Caucus as Assata Shakur.”
Despite knowing fugitive Chesimard’s crime of killing one State Trooper and nearly killing another, Waters went on to beg Castro:
The second reason I oppose this measure is because I respect the right of Assata Shakur to seek political asylum. Assata Shakur has maintained that she was persecuted as a result of her political beliefs and political affiliations. As a result, she left the United States and sought political asylum in Cuba, where she still resides.
Nowhere in Waters’ letter to a communist dictator and enemy of the United States were the names of Troopers Foerster or Harper. In fact, if anyone ignorant of the facts pertaining to Chesimard’s conviction were to read Waters’ letter, they would view Chesimard - not the murdered and wounded troopers - as the victim.
Is there anything more disgraceful than a sitting member of Congress begging a communist thug from an enemy nation (with which we had no diplomatic or trade ties) to protect a fugitive cop killer listed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list?
Waters betrayed her oath to defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, but was given a pass because she is a Democratic member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
But overlooking CBC members’ hypocrisy and transgressions has become routine for the left-wing media.
For example, Rep. John Lewis has called Donald Trump an “illegitimate” president and refuses to attend the inauguration, all the while hiding behind the “civil rights icon” credentials he routinely uses to bash Republicans.
The mainstream media touts Lewis’ inauguration boycott as “unprecedented,” but it’s merely business as usual for the Georgia Democrat, who also boycotted George W. Bush’s Inauguration in 2001 for the exact same reason.
The actions of Lewis and Waters are not outliers; they reflect a long history of crime and corruption within the CBC.
In July 2016, Michelle Malkin wrote a piece for National Review in which she detailed several cases of CBC corruption. Among those implicated were:
- Corrine Brown: This twelve-term Democrat from Florida received a 24-count federal indictment while her Congressional Black Caucus colleagues tried to drown out the news with diversionary gun-control theatrics. Brown and her chief of staff are charged with creating a fraudulent education charity to collect over $800,000 in donations from major corporations and philanthropies for their own private slush fund between 2012 and early 2016.
- Chaka Fattah: This eleven-term Pennsylvania Democrat was convicted in late June on 23 charges of racketeering, money laundering, and fraud, along with four other co-defendants. His son was sentenced earlier this year to a five-year prison term after being found guilty of 22 counts of separate federal bank- and tax-fraud charges related to his misuse of business loans and federal education contracts to pay for designer clothes, massive bar tabs, and luxury cars.
- Eddie Bernice Johnson: This twelve-term Democrat from Dallas similarly helped steer thousands of dollars in Congressional Black Caucus Foundation college scholarships to four family members and two of her top aide’s children, in violation of the nonprofit’s rules.
And of course:
- Maxine Waters: This 13-term Beltway swamp queen from California and past chair of the Congressional Black Caucus walked away with a slap on the wrist from the toothless House Ethics Committee in 2012 after being charged with multiple ethics violations related to her meddling in minority-owned OneUnited Bank.
The list goes on, but most Americans will hear little to nothing about this systemic corruption because in the world of Democratic Party-mainstream media collusion, the Congressional Black Caucus is the most sacred of sacred cows.