Rep. Maxine Waters is being accused of inciting violence after explicitly calling for “activists” to “get more confrontational” on “the street” if Derek Chauvin is found not guilty for the murder of George Floyd.
Waters called on the activists increased violence to “make sure that they know we mean business.”
“Chauvin is accused of killing Floyd on May 25, 2020, by kneeling on Floyd’s neck for several minutes,” Fox News reported. “Defense witnesses have spoken of Floyd’s health issues and drug use as other possible causes.”
Waters made the remarks alongside protesters in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, where police shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright, who had a warrant out for arrest, after he attempted to run from law enforcement officers following a traffic stop.
“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.
“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.”
When asked what “protesters” should do if they do not get the verdict that they want, Waters responded, “Well, we got to stay on the street.”
“And we’ve got to get more active. [We’ve] got to get more confrontational,” she added. “[We’ve] got to make sure that they know we mean business.”
Waters also seemed to encourage people to ignore curfews that were instituted to quell violent riots and looting.
“I don’t think anything about curfew. I don’t think anything about curfew. I don’t know what curfew means. Curfew means that I want you all to stop talking. I want you to stop meeting. I want you stop gathering. I don’t agree with that. … I’m hopeful that the protests will continue.”
Backlash continued to grow against Waters on Sunday over the remarks that she made late Saturday night.
To make matters worse, Waters has a history of inciting violence in a similar way. In 2018, Waters called for the harassment of Trump administration officials.
“And so, let’s stay the course. Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up and if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” Waters said.
The New York Post Editorial Board said that Waters was “trying to create a Civil War” and that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “should strip her of her committee assignments and move for a vote to remove Waters from office.”
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said, “Democrats actively encouraging riots & violence. They want to tear us apart.” “‘We gotta stay on the street,’ Waters was recorded saying, adding that protesters needed ‘to get more confrontational’ & they should ignore the curfew in place.”
Matt Walsh, political commentator said, “Maxine Waters is trying to intimidate a jury to influence the outcome of a murder trial. Every elected Republican in the country should be calling for her immediate arrest and removal from congress.”
Steven Crowder, podcast host said, “If Trump was removed from Twitter AND Facebook for ‘inciting violence’ then Maxine Waters needs to be federally charged and impeached.”
Bryan Dean Wright, Democrat and former CIA officer stated, “Maxine Waters is a threat to the Republic.”
House Minority Leader Republican Kevin McCarthy demanded on Sunday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi take action against Maxine Waters over the remarks.
“Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis — just as she has incited it in the past,” McCarthy said in a statement. “If Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week.”
Author: Joseph Deaton