GOP leader vows 'action' after Dem calls for 'more active' protests

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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Maxine Waters

A longtime Democratic lawmaker is calling for Minneapolis protesters to get “more confrontational” if a jury decides ex-cop Derek Chauvin did not kill George Floyd, and that call for street violence is being defended by the Speaker of the House.

Rep. Maxine Waters (pictured at right) showed up Saturday night in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, where she called for protesters to “stay in the streets” and “fight for justice” in their effort to punish racist law enforcement authorities for – in her view – blatantly killing minorities.

With a swarm of reporters and protesters around her, Rep. Waters told the media there will be consequences if Chauvin is acquitted of killing George Floyd or even if he is found guilty of a lesser charge of manslaughter. He deserves to be found guilty of first-degree murder, she said.

“We’ve got to stay on the street and we’ve got to get more active,” the 82-year-old Democrat said. “We’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they mean business.”

Kenosha riots - carHer comments didn't go unnoticed at the trial, either, where defense attorneys brought up her comments to Judge Peter Cahill and suggested jurors likely heard her statement. The judge denied their motion for a mistrial, however, and said jurors have been instructed to avoid watching the news. The lawmaker's comments were not helpful, he also said. 

"I'll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal," the judge stated, "that may result in this whole trial being overturned." 

In an eye-opening example of irony, Katie Pavlich and reported Monday that Rep. Waters had requested police protection when she landed at Minnesota-St. Paul Airport for her trip to the protests. Townhall obtained an official police document showing the request. 

Pelosi condemns 'that woman'

Back on Capitol Hill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked by reporters if Rep. Waters was inciting violence.

“No, absolutely not,” Pelosi replied, and there was no need for he to apologize for what she said.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has vowed to “bring action” if Pelosi fails to punish Rep. Waters for her comments.

Kenosha riots - flag“It’s harder to imagine anything more inappropriate,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “than a member of Congress flying in from California to inform local leaders, not so subtly, that this defendant had better be found guilty or else there will be big trouble in the streets.”

Pelosi, however, only upped the ante after a Republican lawmaker, Rep. Lisa McClain said in a floor speech that Democrats would attempt to punish a GOP lawmaker who did what the California congresswoman had done.

Asked about Rep. McClain’s statement, Pelosi suggested “that woman” should apologize for what she said.

“As ‘that woman,’ no I won’t apologize,” Rep. McClain wrote on Twitter, “for calling out the double standards that you have set…”

Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneRep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (pictured at left), who has herself been punished by Democrats for her past comments, has said she will introduce a resolution calling for Rep. Waters to be expelled. That effort would likely fail in the Democrat-controlled House, however, but Greene is pushing back after Democrats took away her committee assignments and tried to remove her from office. 

"[Waters] is a danger to society," Greene told the Todd Starnes Show. "And I'm very happy to introduce a resolution to expel Rep. Maxine Waters from Congress."

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