Politics Scalise dismisses comparison between Waters, Trump comments before Capitol riots
Officer killed in attack lies in honor in Capitol Rotunda
Officer Billy Evans, killed in an April 2 attack, is to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday. President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke Tuesday at a tribute to the fallen Capitol police officer attended by members of Congress.
Rep. Steve Scalise, (R-La.) said there is no comparison to be drawn between statements made by Rep.(D-Calif.) in Minnesota during a rally for racial justice over the weekend and comments from former President Trump before the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
"A lot of people have talked about the comments that other people have made and spoken out against it," Scalise said during a press conference on Tuesday. "Right now I haven't heard any Democrats speaking out against what Maxine has said. And it's time for Democrats to speak out when they see it on both sides ... and that hypocrisy is starting to shine through."
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.
On Saturday, Waters told a group of protesters and journalists in Brooklyn Center, Minn., where a 20-year-old Black man was shot and killed by a police officer last week, "we've got to get more confrontational," when advocating for police reforms.
Republicans expressed outrage over the comments, saying they amounted to an incitement of violence. House Minority Leader(R-Calif.) said this week he plans to introduce a motion to censure Waters following the remarks.
Scalise, the House Minority Whip, was asked by a reporter Tuesday if Waters comments are "on par with comments former president Trump made" prior to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.
"President Trump used the words peaceful when he talked about the statements that he made," Scalise responded. "I haven't heard Maxine saying anything about peacefully protesting."
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.
Rep. Steve Scalise: "President Trump used the words peaceful when he talked about the statements that he made. I haven't heard Maxine saying anything about peacefully protesting."- The Hill (@thehill)
Watersto her GOP critics in an interview on Monday, saying "I am nonviolent" and accusing Republicans of trying to "send a message" to white supremacists by blasting her.
"This is who they are and this is how they act," Waters said. "And I'm not going to be bullied by them."
During a "Stop the Steal" rally before the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6, Trump repeated false claims of a "stolen" and "rigged" election and urged his supporters to march to the Capitol and display "strength" as lawmakers met inside to certify President Biden's electoral college victory.
"I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard," Trumpbefore later saying: "You'll never take back our country with weakness."
"You have to show strength and you have to be strong," Trump said on Jan. 6. "We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated, lawfully slated."
Frenzy of marine worms swarm coastal waters in South Carolina, an annual event that means spring is here .
Millions of clam worms were spotted in a harbor earlier this month, but don't worry. Even though they can bite, they're not here to eat people.But officials say this is no cause for alarm, but rather an annual event that signifies the start of spring for some in Charleston, South Carolina and other coastal cities.