Website under fire for controversial description of congresswoman

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On Monday, California Representative Maxine Waters became the "face of impeachment talk" when she took to talk shows and social media to denounce President Trump as "questionable."

Website AJ Plus shared a video on Twitter Thursday seemingly meant to honor the Democratic congresswoman with the caption, "Meet @MaxineWaters, the sassy congresswoman leading the fight to impeach President Trump."

Since the video was shared, many have taken to Twitter to express outrage over the vocabulary employed to describe Waters, a top-ranking lawmaker.

In particular, their use of the word "sassy" has come under fire, a word that The Grio points out has been used historically to stereotype and delegitimize black women.

Click to see reactions on social media:

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@ajplus @MaxineWaters sassy? She never snapped her fingers when she talks #FixIt
@ajplus @MaxineWaters Calling women in politics "sassy" is a bad idea. She is a courageous,, extremely smart, insightfl, powerfl politician.
@ajplus @MaxineWaters sassy? Try powerful, strong, determined, honest, passionate, fearless, driven, inspiring, crusading, outspoken,heroic
@ajplus sassy? https://t.co/SVxK5vmh8x
@ajplus "sassy" hunh? https://t.co/vLYZ9GVXlk
@ajplus @MaxineWaters https://t.co/192teUd8T7
@ajplus @MaxineWaters "sassy" ... nah. https://t.co/3X0zYbt4ew
@DPMCanty This shouldn't be the leading quality for a long serving, professional, and Congresswoman. It's never said about white women.
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(h/t The Grio)

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