Democrats had so much to say about incitement when some of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan 6. However, it’s now up to the GOP to hold a member of the House of Representatives accountable for allegedly inciting violence and tampering with a jury.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) encouraged Minnesota protestors to “get more confrontational” and urged them to take to the streets if Derek Chauvin’s trial did not end in a guilty verdict, Breitbart reported. Because of this, GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is ready to charge Waters with inciting violence and will move to formally censure Waters this week.
Waters, who serves as House Financial Services Committee chairwoman, joined protestors who were assembling in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota last weekend over the death of Daunte Wright. Wright is a black man who was shot when a white female police officer mistook her firearm for a taser.
However, it was Waters’ remarks about the Chauvin trial that was especially troubling. Chauvin, a former police officer who is white, is on trial for murder after black suspect George Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody last May. The judge in the case chided Waters because of her public comments about the ongoing trial where the jury is not sequestered.
“We’re looking for a guilty verdict,” Waters told the protestors. “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 said.
“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,” Waters said.
McCarthy’s censure could mean she’s stripped of her committee chairwomanship. “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 his statement Breitbart received in advance.
“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,” he continued. “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.”
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.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) April 19, 2021
Waters’ words were at best irresponsible and at worst incitement to violence. If Democrats were really as concerned about actual incitement as they were about Trump’s mischaracterized speech, she would be stripped of her place on the committee and booted from Congress.