Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) came closer to “inciting an insurrection” over the weekend than former President Donald Trump ever did.
Waters encouraged her supporters on Saturday to take to the streets if the George Floyd trial results in anything less than suspect Derek Chauvin being convicted of murder, Breitbart reported.
Waters made the inflammatory remarks on Saturday following nearly a week’s worth of protests and riots in the wake of the police shooting of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.
“Stay in the street”
The congresswoman joined protesters outside the police station in Brooklyn Center, only a few minutes from where the Chauvin trial was taking place.
Asked by reporters about her thoughts on the trial, Waters responded, “We’ve got to stay on the street and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”
“We’re looking for a guilty verdict,” Waters continued. “And we’re looking to see if all of the talk that took place and has been taking place after they saw what happened to George Floyd, 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.”
The congresswoman also threatened to pass a police reform bill through Congress without members of “the right-wing,” whom she referred to as racists.
“The Republicans have shown us that they are willing to invade the Capitol of the United States and kill all of us,” Waters said. “So, I am not depending on them for anything.”
Waters has faced backlash for her remarks, with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) calling for the congresswoman to face disciplinary action in Congress.
“This weekend in Minnesota, Maxine Waters broke the law by violating curfew and then incited violence. Speaker Pelosi is ignoring Waters’ behavior — that’s why I am introducing a resolution to censure Rep. Waters for these dangerous comments,” he tweeted Monday.
“I believe it rises to that level because Maxine Waters believes there is value in violence,” McCarthy told Fox News Primetime. “And now what she has said has even put doubt into a jury. You had a judge announce that it was wrong. I think this takes action especially when she has a pattern of this behavior.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has refused to condemn Waters for her statements, telling reporters on Monday, “No [she shouldn’t apologize], Maxine talked about confrontation in the manner of the Civil Rights movement.”