Did Rep. Maxine Waters say her first act as president would be to impeach Donald Trump? No, that's not true: It is a fictional quote placed on a doctored screenshot of the California congresswoman being interviewed by CNN's Anderson Cooper. It is apparently intended to imply that Waters is not smart enough to realize that if she were president, Trump would no longer be president and therefore not subject to impeachment.
"If elected what would your first act as president be?"
"well, Anderson, I would impeach Donald Trump."
This is what social media users saw:
There is no CNN transcript that includes this exchange. The image is a digitally-altered version of a screenshot from Cooper's interview of Waters on April 20, 2017, in which the congresswoman was reacting to the FOX News firing of host Bill O'Reilly. The banner was changed from "Bill O'Reilly Out At FOX News" to read "Maxine Waters 2020." Waters is not one of the two dozen Democrats seeking their party's presidential nomination.
This is a fake quote.
Want to inform others about the accuracy of this story?
Click this link to copy it to your clipboard
Then click here if you have Facebook or click here if you have Twitter to see who is sharing it (it might even be your friends...) and leave the link in the comments.