Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) was just destroyed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for her comments encouraging protestors to “get more confrontational” if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is not found guilty for the death of George Floyd.
“Every single American deserves a fair trial. This is sacred,” McConnell stated. “You do not balance the scales of justice by trying to tip them, and yet, this past weekend, one Democratic House member from California took it upon herself to visit the protesters in Minneapolis.”
Waters had visited protestors at a rally in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, Saturday following the shooting death of Daunte Wright, a Black man, by police officer Kim Potter following a traffic stop.
“It’s hard to imagine anything more inappropriate than a member of Congress flying in from California to inform local leaders, not so subtly, that this defendant had better be found guilty or else there will be big trouble in the streets,” McConnell added.
McConnell’s criticism follows a statement by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). He claimed “if Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week.”
Pelosi refused to oppose the statements made by Waters. House Republicans then moved to censure Waters, with the censure blocked by House Democrats.
The verdict in Derek Chauvin’s trial took place late Tuesday. The former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty on all three counts.
Waters received the verdict she wanted, but caused much controversy in the process. Some even argue her actions will lead to the basis for an appeal in the Chauvin case.