With the conclusion of the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis drawing near and on the heels of a deadly police-involved shooting in a nearby city, protests reminiscent of the unrest seen across the country last year have been ramping up in Minnesota over the past week.
Fanning the flames of racial division, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) paid a visit to demonstrators in the town of Brooklyn Center over the weekend, urging them to “stay on the street” and “get more confrontational,” conduct which prompted Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) to pledge introduction of a House resolution to remove her from Congress for “inciting Black Lives Matter Violence,” as Breitbart reports.
On Saturday night, Waters joined protestors who had gathered near the city’s police station to voice their outrage over the death earlier this month of Daunte Wright during a traffic stop. Given the proximity of the Chauvin trial and the anticipation of closing arguments in the coming week, the demonstrations also encompassed the broader theme of police brutality and reform.
Exhorting the crowd to continue their protests until their demands are met, Waters declared, “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,” as Fox News noted, adding that she felt “hopeful” about the prospects of a conviction in the Chauvin case, but failing that, “we cannot go away,” and unless he is found “guilty, guilty, guilty,” direct action to obtain “justice” would be warranted.
Waters’ belligerent remarks are curious, indeed, particularly given that while endorsing former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment over the Jan. 6 unrest at the Capitol, she accused him of “inciting” his supporters and “trying to create a Civil War,” as the New York Post pointed out on Sunday.
Noting that a few hours after Waters’ speech to protestors, two members of the Minnesota National Guard sustained injuries in a drive-by shooting, Rep. Greene – who was herself stripped of House committee assignments by Democrats earlier this year – slammed the congresswoman’s conduct as akin to domestic terrorism, saying in a press release, “I’ll be introducing a resolution to expel Rep. Maxine Waters from Congress for her continual incitement of violence,” adding, as Breitbart noted:
After traveling across state lines to incite riots, her orders recorded on video last night at the Brooklyn Center, directly led to more violence…
…As a sitting United States Congresswoman, Rep. Maxine Waters threatened a jury demanding a guilty verdict and threatened violence if Chauvin is found not guilty.
Reaction to Waters’ statements from other members of the GOP was equally swift and damning, as the Post separately reported, with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas opining, “Democrats actively encouraging riots & violence. They want to tear us apart,” and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) asking, “Why is Maxine Waters traveling to a different state trying to incite a riot? What good can come from this?”
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) blasted Waters’ actions in Minnesota on Twitter, stating, “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.”
Though Greene’s resolution is surely doomed before it is even introduced, the recommendation of conservative attorney and activist Will Chamberlain is well-taken – that Waters should at the very least, be relieved of all House committee assignments immediately if any pretense of fairness or consistency is to be maintained.