House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stated Monday that Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) should not apologize for telling protestors to become “more confrontational” if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is found not guilty in George Floyd’s death.
Her response to CNN reporter Annie Grayer when asked whether Waters should apologize was, “Absolutely not.”
Pelosi tells @AnnieGrayerCNN that Waters should NOT apologize for saying protestors should “get more confrontational” if Chauvin is acquitted. “No she doesn’t,” she said when asked if Waters should apologize. “Absolutely not,” she said when asked if her comments incited violence
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“Maxine talked about confrontation in the manner of the civil rights movement,” Pelosi said. “I myself think we should take our lead from the George Floyd family.”
She added, “They’ve handled this with great dignity and no ambiguity or lack of — misinterpretation by the other side. No, I don’t think she should apologize.”
Waters had said last weekend in Brooklyn Center that, “We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”
“I’m going to fight with all of the people who stand for justice,” Waters added. “We’ve got to get justice in this country, and we cannot allow these killings to continue.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) called on Pelosi to take action on Monday against Waters. He accused Waters of inciting violence with her comments.