In case you missed it, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) was NOT having it when Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin decided to dodge her basic questions in a Financial Services Committee hearing last Thursday.
Waters repeatedly asked Mnuchin as to why his office failed to reply to a letter from her office about Trump’s financial ties to Russian banks. Rather than answering the question, Mnuchin dodged the question – or at least tried to. But his tactic of stalling with praise of Water’s many accomplishments didn’t work.
“I don’t want to take up my time with how great I am…”
She said the now infamous catchphrase,
“Reclaiming my time”
over a dozen times and the internet immediately lifted her on its shoulders.
Waters told MSNBC that she “could not believe” her protest phrase went viral. To her, it was simply a procedural part of the hearing in order to use her time wisely with a combative witness.
Despite her efforts to keep the questioning on track, Mnuchin “absolutely stonewalled” her, pointing out that he didn’t fully answer all of her questions in the hearing about how he handles financial information regarding the Trump-Russia investigation.
But to those who’ve made the meme go viral, there is less thought as to Waters’s unanswered questions. They feel that she made the most of her time.
Of course the internet turned her one-woman stand into the meme of the year. Broderick Greer uplifting gospel version got praise from Waters herself.
There were many other tributes and accolades but the singer, songwriter, and producer, Adam Joseph (who did the sickening track Keep It On, ft. RuPaul, Valentina, Shea & Alyssa) had a remix of the epic moment that just might just become the dance floor request of the summer.
"Reclaiming My Time," the story of a people. pic.twitter.com/ZRlHNbQamt
— deray mckesson (@deray) July 28, 2017
Me: Where do you see this going?
Him: I'm just tryna chill-
— TT ON THE MIC, B. A. (@_ttonthemic) July 30, 2017
— Broderick Greer (@BroderickGreer) July 30, 2017
(Photo, YouTube; via Vox)