By: Amy Jo Underwood
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) called for anti-police activists to “stay on the streets” if Derek Chauvin is not convicted of murder, and that “we’ve got to get more confrontational.” Waters’ comments come after nearly a year of violence by anti-police and BLM activists. Republican congressmen are calling for Rep. Waters’ expulsion from Congress due to inciting violence.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) traveled to Minnesota to be present during the trial over the killing of George Floyd. She encouraged protesters , “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."
A few hours after her speech, the Minnesota National Guard and the Minneapolis police were fired upon in a drive-by shooting. Two people were injured.
Republican congressmen immediately questioned her actions. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) accused Rep. Waters of “actively encouraging riots and violence.” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) tweeted, "Why is Maxine Waters traveling to a different state trying to incite a riot? What good can come from this?" Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) wrote, “Why is a sitting member of Congress encouraging protesters to ‘get confrontational’?”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) stated, “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.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) replied to the concerns raised by GOP congress-members by claiming that Rep. Waters did not need to apologize. Pelosi stated that "Maxine talked about confrontation in the manner of the civil rights movement."
“We're looking for a guilty verdict 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 got to not only stay in the street, but we have got to fight for justice.” - Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
“Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis — just as she has incited it in the past. If Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week.” - House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)