Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) may have survived censure, but the damage has already been done, and many in the Democratic Party have shown that they are ready to turn on her.
Following Waters’ comments about protesters needing to get “confrontational,” and stay in the streets during the Derek Chauvin trial, many of the congresswoman’s colleagues were reportedly furious after the presiding judge in the trial blasted Waters for her statements.
While Republicans weren’t able to gain Democrats’ support to censure Waters, she may be on a short leash from here on out. Her comments and the Democrat Party’s unwillingness to hold her accountable could come back to bite them in 2022.
Waters is a massive liability for Democrats, especially those Democrats seeking reelection in contested districts. Her comments inciting protesters will undoubtedly be used by Republicans when election season comes around.
Waters is a liability
Any Democrat who refuses to disavow Waters’ comments will be taking a huge risk with voters. Supporting riots and unrest will not be a position that will get American votes in the midterms.
Fox News congressional correspondent Chad Pergram reported that “One knowledgeable Democrat told Fox that some Democratic members are so angry at Waters now that they would relish the opportunity to censure her.”
This issue has also created some backlash for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who refused to condemn Waters.
Democrats rejected the effort to censure waters by a partisan vote of 216 to 210. All of those Democrats who voted to defeat the censure will now have to answer voters about whether they support politicians inciting violence.
Former President Trump found himself impeached for the second time for encouraging his supports to protest. Republicans must fight by the same rules that Democrats created and hold Waters accountable.
Bad week for Democrats
The past week has been a bad one for Democrats. Not only has Waters become a liability that will weigh her party down, but she has also created a division in a party that can’t afford losses.
Democrats have already been having a bad few months that has made GOP strategists confident in their prospects of retaking the House and Senate.
Americans are acutely aware that life has not gone back to normal between Waters’ comments and the general unrest around the Chauvin trial. Trump may be gone, yet the divisive politics and unrest remain. Democrats will have to answer for that in 2022.