Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) admitted Tuesday on “The Real” that she once fraudulently reported her age to obtain a Social Security card prior to getting a job at an “all-white” restaurant in St. Louis, Missouri.
According to Waters, she was eager for summer work, so she misrepresented her age in order to apply.
“There was this restaurant called Thompson’s Restaurant in St. Louis, Missouri. Of course, we were all looking for jobs during the summer. We put our ages up, you know,” Waters said. “I was about 14 years old and I lied, said I was 16 so I could get a Social Security card.”
Waters also noted the conditions under which she was employed, saying she “went to work for Thompson’s, where you, literally, cleaned the tables off and bussed the dishes but you could not eat on the floor. You had to eat in the basement.”
One of the show’s co-hosts, Loni Love added commentary to Waters’ story. “You know,” she said, “people have to remember that that wasn’t too long ago, that you lived through segregation.”
None of the hosts voiced any concern about Waters’ admission of fraud. They just smiled and nodded.
Waters made headlines recently for her derogatory remarks about the Trump administration. Earlier this week, Waters claimed that President Trump’s actions are “leading himself” to possible impeachment.
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