Maxine Waters: ‘Tea Party Can Go Straight to Hell’

By Fred Lucas | August 22, 2011 | 8:43 AM EDT

( – Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) addressing the 12 percent jobless rate in California during a town hall meeting Saturday said “the tea party can go straight to hell.”

She made the comment in Inglewood, Calif. at what was billed as a “Kitchen Table Summit” with constituents, reported the Los Angeles Times and KABC-TV.

“I’m not afraid of anybody,” Waters said. “This is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can't be frightened. And as far as I’m concerned, the tea party can go straight to hell.”

With her at the forum in front of about 1,000 people were two other California Democrats, Reps. Karen Bass and Laura Richardson.

The unemployment rate among African Americans in the area reportedly is 16 percent.