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Yesterday, we reported on Bill O’ Reilly’s comments on Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ hair. For those who missed it, instead of responding to Waters’ valid comments about the dangers of Donald Trump, he said, “I didn’t hear a word she said, I was looking at the James Brown hair.”

Later, O’Reilly apologized for the comments,

“As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs,” he said. “I said that again today on Fox & Friends calling her ‘old school.’ Unfortunately, I also made a jest about her hair which was dumb. I apologize.”

As far as what Waters’ thought of the comments, again she was undeterred. Yesterday, when she appeared on MSNBC’s Chris Hayes show

“No, I’m not responding to him. Let me just say this. I’m a strong black woman. I cannot be intimidated. I cannot be undermined. I cannot be thought to be afraid of Bill O’Reilly or anybody. And I’d like to say to women out there everywhere, don’t allow these right-wing talking heads, these dishonorable people, to intimidate you or scare you. Be who you are! Do what you do! And let us get on with discussing the real issues of this country. Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes have no credibility. They have been sued by women, they have had to pay millions of dollars in fines for harassment and other kinds of things. So we know about that checkered past. And we also know that when a woman stands up and speaks truth to power that there will be attempts to put her down. And so I’m not going to be put down. I’m not going to go anywhere. I’m going to stay on the issues. 

And the issues are basically these, we have a president of The United States who does not deserve to be president. We have a president of the United States who’s wrapped his arms around Putin and Russia and the Kremlin. And I believe that if we do credible investigations, particularly if we have independent investigations, that they will find that there was collusion. This president has come into this office, he’s disrespected our allies across the world. He’s tried to dismantle comprehensive health care for everybody under the Obamacare. This is a president who won’t even show his taxes. And I know what they’re trying to do, they’re trying to distract. That’s a tactic that they use. When you talk about them, when you pin them down, when you’re able to unveil all that they’re doing, they’ll try to shut you down. I am not going anywhere. I’m going to stay on message. I’m going to fight for the people of this country. I’m going to fight for comprehensive health care. And I don’t care about Bill O’Reilly, or Ailes, or Trump or any of them. We have a responsibility as elected officials to do good public policy in the best interest of all the people. That’s what I’m going to do.”

There you have it. Ms. Waters doesn’t have time to talk about trivialities when the country is in such grave danger.

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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