Rep. Maxine Waters, a California Democrat known for her propensity for making inflammatory political remarks, stirred up a hornet’s nest of action over the weekend when she actually called for confrontation in the streets over the potential outcome of former police officer Derek Chauvin’s trial in Minneapolis.
According to the Daily Wire, Waters’ words sparked a firestorm of backlash from high-profile Republicans, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who vowed to bring disciplinary action against Waters if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) fails to do so.
Waters stirs the pot
Even as the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center continues to see bouts of unrest and violent demonstrations on the heels of the police-involved shooting death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, the entire area was already on edge while awaiting the outcome of Chauvin’s fate.
Waters, who appeared at a demonstration for Wright on Saturday night, made a series of extremely inflammatory remarks, which carry a lot of weight given that she’s a sitting member of Congress.
“We’re looking for a guilty verdict. We’re looking for a guilty verdict. And we’re looking to see if all of this [inaudible] that took place and has been taking place after they saw what happened to George Floyd,” Waters said, according to the Daily Wire.
“If nothing does not happen, then we know, that we’ve got to not only stay in the street, but we’ve got to fight for justice, but I am very hopefully and I hope that we’re going to get a verdict that will say guilty, guilty, guilty. And if we don’t, we cannot go away,” she added.
The 82-year-old congresswoman went on to suggest that supporters “stay in the street” if the verdict in the Chauvin trial doesn’t come back favorable to what the demonstrators — many of whom have turned violent — desire.
Waters, who was never held accountable for past inflammatory comments during former President Donald Trump’s tenure, might soon face her first test, as McCarthy made clear in a Sunday statement that he’s ready and willing to take action if Pelosi won’t.
“Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis — just as she has incited it in the past,” McCarthy said in a statement, as the Daily Wire reported. “If Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week.”
Of course, McCarthy wasn’t the only high-profile conservative — or media outlet — to suggest that Waters’ words could very well lead to even more unrest.
The New York Post‘s editorial board wrote that Pelosi should strip Waters of her committee assignments and ultimately remove her from Congress over her remarks, charging that Waters is “trying to create a Civil War.”
Whether Waters will face any type of punishment for her clear call for action if protesters don’t get their way is anyone’s guess, but it’ll likely be up to Republican leaders to make it happen.