House Minority Leader Republican Kevin McCarthy announced on Monday that he will move to censure Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters for blatantly inciting violence with remarks that she made over the weekend.
“This weekend in Minnesota, Maxine Waters broke the law by violating curfew and then incited violence. Increased unrest has already led to violence against law enforcement and her comments intentionally poured fuel on the fire,” McCarthy said in a statement.
“We’ve heard this type of violent rhetoric from Waters before, and the United States Congress must clearly and without reservation reprimand this behavior before more people get hurt. But Speaker Pelosi is ignoring Waters’ behavior. That’s why I am introducing a resolution to censure Rep. Waters for these dangerous comments, and I hope that all my colleagues – both Republican and Democrat – will stand up for peace on America’s streets.”
According to House Democrat Caucus rules, if Waters is censured then she would be stripped of her position as chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee.
Rule 25 states:
“A Chair of a standing, select, special, or joint committee of the Congress, or subcommittee thereof, who is censured by a vote of the House when the Democratic Party is the majority party in the House of Representatives, or who is convicted of a felony for which a sentence of two or more years of imprisonment may be imposed, shall cease to exercise the powers of the Chair and shall not serve as Chair of any committee or subcommittee for the remainder of that Congress.”
Waters said at a protest in Minnesota over the weekend that “protesters” were “looking for a guilty verdict” and if they don’t get what they want then “we cannot go away.”
When asked what “protesters” should do if they do not get the verdict that they want, Waters responded that activists have “got to stay on the street,” “get more active,” and “get more confrontational.”
Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene announced her own plans to introduce a resolution to expel Rep. Maxine Waters from Congress.
In a statement, Greene said she will be introducing “a resolution to expel Rep. Maxine Waters from Congress for her continual incitement of violence.”
“Very soon I’ll be introducing a resolution to expel Rep. Maxine Waters from Congress for her continual incitement of violence on innocent American people. Rep Waters is a danger to our society,” wrote Greene.
“After traveling across state lines to incite riots, her orders recorded on video last night at the Brooklyn Center, directly led to more violence and a drive by shooting on National Guardsmen in Minnesota early this morning.”
Greene also targeted Waters over her comments on the George Floyd trial.
“As a sitting United States Congresswoman Maxine Waters threatened a jury demanding a guilty verdict and threatened violence if Chauvin is found not guilty,” wrote Greene. “This is also an abuse of power.”
More Republicans tore into Waters over her dangerous rhetoric.
“Telling rioters who have burned buildings, looted stores, and assaulted journalists to get ‘more confrontational’ is incredibly irresponsible. Every House Democrat should condemn Maxine Waters’ call for violence,” National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Mike Berg told Fox News.
“Why is Maxine Waters traveling to a different state trying to incite a riot? What good can come from this?” Rep. Lauren Boebert wrote on Twitter.
“The Radical Left don’t care if your towns are burning, if there’s violence in your streets, or if the police are too defunded to defend their communities. As long as the Left appeases their anti-America base, their job is done,” Rep. Andy Biggs wrote on Twitter.
Author: Michael Warren