Politics Maxine Waters rips GOP criticism: 'I'm not going to be bullied'
Maxine Waters just made a volatile situation much, much worse
Minnesota -- and the rest of the country -- is on a knife's edge waiting for a verdict in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged in the death of George Floyd. © CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images Rep. Maxine Waters speaks to the media during an ongoing protest at the Brooklyn Center Police Department in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on April 17, 2021. It's a fraught moment -- coming after four years of a president who weaponized race (and racists) for his political benefit and the mounting evidence of how race unduly influences policing.
Rep. (D-Calif.) ripped GOP lawmakers in a Monday interview, saying they were trying to "send a message" to white supremacists with their criticism of her.
"I am nonviolent," Watersthe Grio on Monday after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) accused her of condoning political violence by stating supporters of racial justice and Black Lives Matter should be "more confrontational."
"Republicans will jump on any word, any line and try to make it fit their message and their cause for denouncing us and denying us, basically calling us violent ... any time they see an opportunity to seize on a word, so they do it and they send a message to all of the white supremacists, the KKK, the Oath Keepers, the [Proud] Boys and all of that, how this is a time for [Republicans] to raise money on [Democrats] backs," Waters said.
Pelosi: Waters shouldn't apologize
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calf.) on Monday said Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has nothing to apologize for in response to criticism from Republicans over remarks she made in Minnesota over the weekend. "No, she doesn't," Pelosi said when asked by a reporter if Waters needs to apologize for saying activists for racial justice need to "get more confrontational" when advocating for police reforms. "That woman on the floor should be apologizing for what she said," Pelosi then said, referencing comments by Rep. Lisa McClain (R-Mich.), who spoke shortly after Pelosi gaveled the House into session for the day.
Watersthe Grio she is "not worried that they're going to continue to distort what I say."
"This is who they are and this is how they act," she said. "And I'm not going to be bullied by them."
"This is a time for [Republicans] to keep telling our constituents that [Democrats] are the enemy and they do that time and time again," Waters said. "But that does not deter me from speaking truth to power. I am not intimidated. I am not afraid, and I do what needs to be done."
While in Minnesota over the weekend, Waters was asked by reporters about the trial of Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis Police Officer charged with second-degree murder in the killing of George Floyd last May. A verdict in the case is expected in the coming days.
"We've got to get more confrontational," Watersreporters according to Fox News. "We've got to make sure that they know that we mean business."
Nancy Pelosi Says Maxine Waters Should 'Absolutely Not' Apologize for 'Confrontational' Comment
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Monday that Representative Maxine Waters has no reason to apologize for comments she made in Minnesota that resulted in backlash from Republicans. © CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP/Getty Images Representative Maxine Waters(C) (D-CA) speaks to the media during an ongoing protest at the Brooklyn Center Police Department in Brooklyn Centre, Minnesota on April 17, 2021. - Police officer, Kim Potter, who shot dead Black 20-year-old Daunte Wright in a Minneapolis suburb after appearing to mistake her gun for her Taser was arrested April 14 on manslaughter charges.
If Chauvin is found not guilty, Waters said she and others are "going to fight with all of the people who stand for justice" and demanded "we've got to get justice in this country, and we cannot allow these killings to continue."
said the remarks constituted an endorsement of political violence.
"Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis - just as she has incited it in the past," McCarthy said in a. "If Speaker Pelosi doesn't act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week."
McCarthy spoke after GOP Rep. (Ga.) on Sunday announced plans to introduce a resolution to expel Waters from Congress for the remarks.
Greene has come under criticism repeatedly in her short tenure in Congress, most recently after a document to form an America First Caucus circulated. The document in a section on immigration described the United States as having been based on "uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions."
Greene sought to distance herself from the document on Saturday, saying it was a staff-level draft proposal from an outside group, according to
Traditional media yawns as Maxine Waters gets pass on inciteful rhetoric .
Traditional media, petrified of criticizing the Democratic Party out of fear of social media backlash, always ensures Waters gets a free pass."We're looking for a guilty verdict" in the Derek Chauvin case, he also declares. "And if we don't, we cannot go away, we've got to get more confrontational.