Prominent Republicans lashed out at Rep. Maxine Waters on Sunday after she told protesters to “stay in the streets” and “get more confrontational” during the weeks-long unrest in Minnesota. The California Democrat was accused of inciting violence in a state that is already on edge amid the Derek Chauvin trial.
“This weekend in Minnesota, Maxine Waters broke the law by violating curfew and then incited violence,” he said on Twitter. “Speaker Pelosi is ignoring Waters’ behavior — that’s why I am introducing a resolution to censure Rep. Waters for these dangerous comments.”
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.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) April 19, 2021
Waters was part of a demonstration in Brooklyn Center early Sunday morning, encouraging protesters to make their voices heard after the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright and ahead of closing arguments in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd.
“We’ve got to stay in the streets, and we’ve got to demand justice,” Waters urged the crowd, breaking a curfew set by police. The protesters had earlier been chanting: “No good cops in a racist system!” “F**k your curfew!” and “No justice, no peace!”
“We’re looking for a guilty verdict” in the Chauvin case, Waters continued. “And if we don’t, we cannot go away, we’ve got to get more confrontational,” she added.
The New York Post Editorial Board said that Waters was “trying to create a Civil War” and urged that Pelosi (D-CA) “should strip her of her committee assignments and move for a vote to remove Waters from office.”
Notable elected officials and political commentators also slammed Waters over her remarks:
- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX): “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, podcast host: “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: “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: “Maxine Waters is a threat to the Republic.”
- Gerry Callahan, podcast host: “Donald Trump was impeached and banned from all social media platforms for less.”
- Kurt Schlichter, attorney and columnist: “This is an insurrection.”
- Tim Pool, podcast host: “Maxine Waters says that Chauvin premeditated the murder of George Floyd and that if Chauvin is not convicted [of] a crime he wasn’t charged with they should get ‘more confrontational[.]’ More confrontational than burning down buildings?”
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