Politics McCarthy to introduce resolution to censure Maxine Waters
Maxine Waters calls for protesters to 'get more confrontational' if no guilty verdict is reached in Derek Chauvin trial
Rep. Maxine Waters on Saturday night called for protesters to "stay on the street" and "get more confrontational" if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is acquitted in the killing 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. The comments by Waters, a California Democrat and icon among progressives, were immediately seized on by Republicans who claimed that Waters was inciting violence.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is introducing a resolution to censure Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters, after she encouraged protesters in Minnesota to "stay on the street" and "get more confrontational" if they don't see a guilty verdict returned in the trial regarding the .
Waters made the comments during a protest over the weekend, ahead of a verdict in the trial of Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Waters told reporters Chauvin should be found guilty.
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.
"I hope we get a verdict that says guilty, guilty, guilty," she said.
Her comments also came in the wake of the death of , a Black man killed by a police officer in Minnesota.
When reporters asked Waters what should happen if justice isn't served in the courts in the Chavuin trial, Waters responded: "We gotta stay on the street. And we've got to get more active. We've got to get more confrontational. They've got to know that we mean business."
In remarks to, she did not back down from her remarks and said she is "nonviolent." She accused Republicans of twisting her words and using them as fundraising opportunity.
GOP struggles to rein in nativism
House GOP leaders are struggling to rein in the increasingly open nativism within their conference and attempting to deflect from the controversy by training their ire against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) issued a tweet stating that the GOP is not the party of "nativist dog whistles," without directly referencing the draft policy platform for a proposed caucus that called for promoting "Anglo-House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.
"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 told The Grio.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also defended Waters' comments, stating that Waters had "talked about confrontation in the manner of the Civil Rights movement," and she said, "No, I don't think she should apologize."
But Republicans have accused Waters of inflaming tensions.
"This weekend in Minnesota, Maxine Waters broke the law by violating curfew and then incited violence," McCarthy tweeted Monday evening. "Speaker Pelosi is ignoring Waters' behavior—that's why I am introducing a resolution to censure Rep. Waters for these dangerous comments."
Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene said she would introduce a resolution to kick Waters out of the House, a highly unlikely scenario.
The jury is currently deliberating in the Chauvin trial.
Waters has served in Congress since 1991 and is the chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee.
Nikole Killion and Rebecca Kaplan contributed to this report.
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.