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Maxine Waters: John Boehner And Eric Cantor Are 'Demons'

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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) referred to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) as "demons" in a recent speech.

"I saw pictures of Boehner and Cantor on our screens. Don't ever let me see again, in life, those Republicans in our hall, on our screens, talking about anything," she said toward the end of her speech at the California Democratic Party convention over the weekend in San Diego. "These are demons. These are legislators who are destroying this country rather than bringing us together, creating jobs, making sure we have a good tax policy, bringing our jobs from back offshore, incentivizing those who keep their jobs here. They are bringing down this country, destroying this country, because they can."

She continued, "They'd rather do whatever they can to destroy this president rather than for the good of this country."

(Video above via YouTube.)

She said that the banks will be "shaking in their boots" if she becomes House Financial Services Committee chairwoman in the event that the Democrats take the House in 2012. "Let me let you in on a secret. I am the senior-most person serving on the Financial Services Committee," she said. "Barney Frank is about to retire and guess who’s shaking in their boots? The too-big-to-fail banks and financial institutions and all of Wall Street, because Maxine Waters is going to be the next chair of the Financial Services Committee!"

Fox New host Eric Boiling told Waters to "step away from the crack pipe" Thursday, and later clarified that he was "kidding."

"Congresswoman, you saw what happened to Whitney Houston," he said. "Step away from the crack pipe, step away from the Xanax, step away from the Lorazepam because it’s going to get you in trouble.” After a commercial break, he clarified that he was "kidding about the crack pipe."

The spokesman to House Minority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Brad Dayspring, criticized Waters' speech. "That is a sad and unfortunate speech from a senior House Democrat, particularly at a time when we should be trying to find common ground on ways to get Americans back to work," he said.

Waters, known for her fiery rhetoric, said last August that "the Tea Party can go straight to hell.”

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