For months, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) has been vocal in her opposition to President Donald Trump. She has even called for his impeachment on a number of occasions.
She has repeatedly cited “collusion with the Russians” as the main reason that Trump should face impeachment, so during an appearance on MSNBC's “Morning Joe,” Huffington Post Political Editor Sam Stein asked Waters to explain what exactly she meant by “collusion”:
"I want to define what you mean by collusion, because what you're talking about seems more circumstantial to me ... bank records, perhaps contacts that were of a nebulous nature ...
Collusion to me is very specific. It means that the Russian government or actors within were trying to elect Donald Trump. But I want to know what collusion means to you, because that seems to be the standard by which you are saying that he should be impeached."
"Yes, absolutely. I am talking about strategies that were developed working with the Trump campaign. I really do believe that much of what you saw coming out of Trump's mouth was a play from Putin's playbook.
I think that when you saw him absolutely calling Hillary 'crooked,' the 'lock her up, lock her up,' all of that, was developed ... I think that was developed strategically with people from the Kremlin, with Putin. And I think it's more than bank records."
That left Stein to ask the obvious question — and to his credit, he kept a straight face when he asked it:
“So you think the Russian government developed the talking points for the Trump campaign?”
Waters attempted to clarify that she only meant to say that the Russians helped the campaign develop specific strategies — and eventually admitted that, thus far, there has been no evidence uncovered to support her claims.