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California Rep. Maxine Waters may have finally found the one time she cannot avoid facing some kind of repercussions for inciting violence.
This weekend the 82-year-old representative told a crowd of protesters that the need to be “more confrontational” if former police officer Derek Chauvin is not found guilty of murder in his trial, after killing George Floyd.
This is a sitting United States congresswoman demanding a guilty verdict from a jury and threatening consequences if the verdict she demands is not delivered, but now top leaders are talking about taking action.
“Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis — just as she has incited it in the past. If Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week,” House Minority Leader and California Rep. Kevin McCarthy said on Twitter.
Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis — just as she has incited it in the past. If Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) April 19, 2021
This came after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican firebrand, said that she would bring a proposal to have Rep. Waters removed from Congress this week.
“Very soon I’ll be introducing a resolution to expel @RepMaxineWaters from Congress for her continual incitement of violence on innocent American people. Rep Waters is a danger to our society,” she said.
“After traveling across state lines to incite riots, her orders recorded on video last night at the Brooklyn Center, directly led to more violence and a drive by shooting on National Guardsmen in Minnesota early this morning.
“As a sitting United States Congresswoman @MaxineWaters threatened a jury demanding a guilty verdict and threatened violence if Chauvin is found not guilty. This is also an abuse of power,” she said.
But Rep. Waters did something that she likely did not want the protesters to whom she was speaking to know about as she talked about protesting against the police.
The representative requested a police escort to travel with her to the protests, Townhall reported.
New documents obtained by Townhall show Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters requested an armed police escort to Minneapolis over the weekend, where she called for violent activists to “stay in the streets” during a protest against law enforcement.
Waters flew from Dulles International Airport to Minnesota-St. Paul International Airport on Saturday, April 17, just days ahead of a verdict in the George Floyd, Officer Derek Chauvin trial.
Imagine asking for the police to come with you and protect you as you go to a protest and tell the protesters to keep protesting against the police.
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.