Politics Republicans expected to file censure resolution against Maxine Waters Tuesday
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.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy is expected to file a privileged resolution to censure Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters as early as Tuesday for comments she made in Minnesota last weekend calling on protestors to "get more confrontational" if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is not convicted of murdering George Floyd.
The censure resolution is unlikely to pass in the House, even though Democrats have only a razor-thin majority. Democrats are expected to table the resolution once it hits the floor so the resolution itself is unlikely to get a vote, per several congressional aides.
Maxine Waters rips GOP criticism: 'I'm not going to be bullied'
Rep. Maxine Waters (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," Waters told the 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"I am nonviolent," Waters told the 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.
"I hope that we are going to get a verdict that says, 'guilty, guilty, guilty,' and if we don't, then we cannot go away,” Waters told reporters over the weekend while joining protestors in Minnesota. Republicans quickly latched on to her words and have accused Waters of “inciting violence.”
A jury is expected to deliver a verdict in the Chauvin case at any time.
Waters apparently had no new comments Tuesday after saying Monday in an interview withthat she had been talking about confronting the judicial system and passing legislation. "I am nonviolent," she said.
'Confrontational': Maxine Waters undeterred by Marjorie Taylor Greene criticism of Chauvin trial remarks
Maxine Waters is facing criticism for telling Black Lives Matters protesters to get “confrontational," but she's been a lightning rod since Rodney King.The California Democratic congresswoman has long been a lightning rod and her comments over the weekend urging protesters in Minnesota to “get more confrontational” if former police officer Derek Chauvin is acquitted in George Floyd’s killing has prompted calls for her removal from Congress.
The judge in the Chauvin case criticized Waters by name on Monday for making the comments, calling them "abhorrent," but denied the defense argument that the jury, which wasn't sequestered at that point, could have been prejudiced, although he did say it might be grounds for a winning appeal.
"I’ve been really clear that no elected official should ever incite violence and she should not have incited violence. She did. The speaker’s wrong in terms of not holding her accountable for that," House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney told reporters Tuesday.
"I'd like to see Maxine Waters apologize for the inflammatory comments that she's made inciting violence. It's a powder keg down there," House Republican Whip Steve Scalise said, referring to the protestors in Minnesota who are awaiting a verdict in the Chauvin trial.
"We should be all focused on making sure that justice is carried out. The last thing you'd want to do is give a grounds for an appeal that the judge himself acknowledged," Scalise added.
House GOP's McClain responds to Pelosi calling her 'that woman'
Rep. Lisa McClain (R-Mich.) on Monday said she would not apologize after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called her out as "that woman" while McClain made remarks on the House floor Monday criticizing Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) who called for racial justice advocates in Minnesota. over the weekend to "get more confrontation.""As "that woman," no I won't apologize for calling out the double standards that you have set @SpeakerPelosi,""As "that woman," no I won't apologize for calling out the double standards that you have set @SpeakerPelosi," McClain wrote on Twitter.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday defended Waters from the accusations and said Waters has nothing to apologize for.
House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer also defended Waters on Tuesday, telling reporters that Waters used the word "confrontational" to mean they should face the broken U.S. criminal justice system head on.
"To confront is to face, confront your challenges, confront the truth, confront your circumstances … it does not imply violence," Hoyer said.
"I just think it's absurd, and I think it ought to be roundly rejected," Hoyer said of Republican efforts to censure Waters. "And I would hope to see the Republican leadership would try to have their members see the truth of what Ms. Waters said and did and believes that we ought to confront this pandemic of the loss of, particularly young black lives, in confrontations with our police departments."
Maxine Waters repudiates Chauvin trial judge who criticized her 'confrontational' protest comments
Rep. Maxine Waters dismissed the concerns raised by a judge who criticized her encouraging protesters to get "confrontational" if former police officer Derek Chauvin is acquitted in the killing George Floyd. © Provided by Washington Examiner "The judge says my words don’t matter," the California Democrat repeatedly said, according to CNN's Manu Raju.When pressed on Judge Peter Cahill's observation that Waters's comments could be grounds for an appeal by the defense, Waters replied, "Oh no, no, they didn’t.
"I think it's a totally phony effort to distract from what the Republicans know has been the rhetoric of so many of their members which has in effect, aided and abetted and condoned violent activity," he added.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki refused to condemn Rep. Maxine Waters' comments about protests related to the Chauvin trial, noting repeatedly that Waters had "provided further clarification of her own remarks." She made a point, though, of calling for "peaceful protests."
"The congresswoman clarified her own comments," Psaki said during her daily briefing. "And what I can do is speak for the president's view, which is that it's important to provide a space and an opportunity for peaceful protest, but protesting should be peaceful. That's something he has consistently advocated for, and he will, regardless of the outcome of the trial."
House Democrats laid into McCarthy and Republicans on Tuesday and accused them of hypocrisy after McCarthy vowed to take action against Waters.
"Kevin McCarthy should focus on his own conference because the Republicans in the House are a mess right now," Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Hakeem Jeffries said during a press conference Tuesday.
Maxine Waters and conservative media give another example of political dysfunction
First Read is your briefing from "Meet the Press" and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.Conservative media then amplified her remarks.
"Perhaps he should sit this one out," Jeffries said.
Jeffries ripped into McCarthy for failing to condemn Republican colleagues who used inciteful language in the days leading up to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol and for voting to overturn the presidential election results later that night.
"When you think that Kevin McCarthy has the nerve to say something about anyone when he supported the violent insurrection -- after the mob attacked the Capitol, threatened to assassinate Nancy Pelosi, kill other members of Congress, hang Mike Pence -- he then came back to the Capitol and voted to support the "big lie" which ignited the violent insurrection and continues to play footsie with Donald Trump," Jeffries said.
"When you've got a situation where Lauren Boebert is a mess. Matt Gaetz is a mess. Marjorie Taylor Greene is a mess,” Jeffries said of House Republicans who have come under fire in recent weeks for their divisive views and incendiary language.
“Clean up your mess, Kevin. Sit this one out. You've got no credibility here," Jeffries said.
ABC News has reached out to McCarthy’s office for comment.
Democrats have condemned violent protests and are calling for peace when a final verdict is reached in the Chauvin case.
"We support peaceful protests, consistent with the First Amendment, freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and the right to petition the government peacefully. That is what we continue to support," Jeffries said.
"So again, perhaps Kevin McCarthy should sit this one out because he's got zero moral standing. Clean up your own mess while we as House Democrats are working to clean up the mess that has been inflicted upon the American people," he said.
Alan Dershowitz Says Maxine Waters Used KKK Tactics to 'Intimidate the Jury' in Chauvin Trial .
"It's borrowed precisely from the Ku Klux Klan of the 1930s and 1920s when the Klan would march outside of courthouses and threatened all kinds of reprisals if the jury ever dared convict a white person or acquit a black person," Dershowitz said."First of all, the judge should have granted the motion for a mistrial based on the efforts of Congresswoman Waters to influence the jury," Dershowitz said during an interview with Newsmax.