Maxine Waters Calls For Black Lives Matter To Get ‘More Confrontational’

Written by Carmine Sabia

OPINION: This article contains commentary which reflects the author's opinion

For the entirety of Donald Trump’s time in the White House the media harped on the things he said and how those words could cause violence, even as Trump repeatedly called for non-violence.

But somehow when Democrats do it the media becomes deaf. They cannot hear the words of confrontation coming from the likes of, among others, California Rep. Maxine Waters.

As Black Lives Matter and Antifa groups nationwide have been burning and looting cities the 82-year-old representative has called on the former to be “more confrontational,” Fox News reported.

“I’m going to fight with all of the people who stand for justice,” Waters she said to reporters just before the 11 p.m. curfew in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota where Daunte wright was killed in a confrontation with police.  “We’ve got to get justice in this country and we cannot allow these killings to continue.”

A reporter then asked Rep. Waters about what she would think if former Officer Derek Chauvin was found not guilty in his trial for the death of George Floyd.

“We’ve got to stay on the street and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business,” she said.

More confrontational? She made the statement as she stood in a city where protesters have pelted police with rocks and bottles and have set fire to businesses.

Imagine the fury of the media if Trump told the Jan. 6 crowd in Washington, D.C. that the needed to get more confrontational.

The media and fact checkers, if they cover her statement at all, will likely twist themselves into knots to claim that Rep. Waters was not calling for violence, and really how do we or anyone else know what is in her heart? But the question is, how are the people who are rioting and being extremely confrontational with police going to take her statement?

“This is a very difficult time in the history of this country,” she said. “We have to let people know that we are not going to be satisfied unless we get justice in these cases.”

And ultimately Rep. Waters brought it back to politics and a pitch for people to vote for more Democrats as she stood in Minnesota, a state run by Democrats.

“The way to get in control is not to allow them to win,” the octogenarian representative said. “You’ve got to register and you’ve got to vote and you’ve got to take the power.”

The representative said that she will be in Minnesota until Monday, when the prosecution and defense in the Chauvin trial are expected to make their closing arguments.

Chauvin is accused of killing Floyd on May 25, 2020, by kneeling on Floyd’s neck for several minutes. Defense witnesses have spoken of Floyd’s health issues and drug use as other possible causes.

Others appearing in Brooklyn Center on Saturday included the Rev. Jesse Jackson. The crowd was demonstrating for the seventh straight night against the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright, 20, during a traffic stop last Sunday.

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The clashes have included demonstrators throwing objects at police. Police arrested more than 100 people Friday but it was unclear if any arrests were made Saturday.

The officer who allegedly killed Wright, identified as Kim Potter, resigned last week, as did the Brooklyn Center police chief. Potter claimed she accidentally grabbed her gun instead of a stun gun and shot Wright with the firearm. She faces manslaughter charges.

Waters reportedly left the protest shortly before the curfew took effect. A small crowd remained defiant after the curfew began.