House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) gave House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) a final warning to take action against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) for inciting violence during comments last weekend in Minnesota — or he’ll take matters into his own hands.
McCarthy claimed he will act if Pelosi does not. His plea follows remarks by Waters regarding the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin and the death of George Floyd.
“We’re looking for a guilty verdict,” Waters said. “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.”
She added, “But I am very hopeful, and I hope we are going to get a verdict that says ‘guilty, guilty, guilty.’ If we don’t, we cannot go away.”
Her most provocative comment, however, came in response to a reporter’s question. Waters answered, “We’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure they know we mean business.”
Maxine Waters is marching in Brooklyn Center tonight and told people to take to the streets if Chauvin is acquitted pic.twitter.com/RemfvCCLAn
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) April 18, 2021
Pelosi has yet to respond to the comments by Waters.
Waters previously attacked former President Donald Trump. She said, “These members of his cabinet who remain and try to defend him, they won’t be able to go to a restaurant, they won’t be able to stop at a gas station, they’re not going to be able to shop at a department store. The people are going to turn on them.”
If Pelosi does not respond or chooses to back Waters, it is uncertain what McCarthy will do. As House minority leader, he may have limited options to reprimand the Congresswoman, though Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene has already started a petition to remove Waters from office.