U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., once again is being accused of inciting violence, urging protesters and rioters in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, to “get more confrontational” if former police officer Derek Chauvin is not convicted of murdering George Floyd.
Rioters already have done hundreds of millions of dollars damage in the Minneapolis area over the death of Floyd in police custody on Memorial Day last year. Jury deliberations in the Chauvin case will begin today after closing arguments.
Waters’ statements Saturday night at an anti-police rally drew drew accusations of jury tampering and inciting violence. And a liberal legal scholar said she’s lining herself up to be a defense witness on behalf of President Trump in a lawsuit she filed against him.
Waters said: “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 that if Chauvin isn’t convicted, “We cannot go away.”
Some members of Congress said Waters should be expelled from the House for inciting violence.
Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., asked, “Why is Maxine Waters traveling to a different state trying to incite a riot?”
Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., said, “The radical left don’t care if your towns are burning.”
And Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., asked, “Why is a sitting member of Congress encouraging protesters to get ‘confrontational?'”
It was constitutional scholar and George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley who noted Waters was one of the Democrats who sued Trump for telling a crowd on Jan. 6 to march to the Capitol and protest the presidential vote “peacefully.”
“With rioting continuing in Brooklyn Center, Minn. and around the country, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, went to Minnesota and told the protesters that they ‘gotta stay on the street’ and ‘get more confrontational,'” Turley said. The statement is ironic since Waters is one of the House members currently suing former President Donald Trump and others for inciting violence on January 6th with his words on the Mall.
“Waters insists that Trump telling his supporters to go to the Capitol to make their voice heard and ‘fight’ for their votes was actual criminal incitement. Conversely, Waters was speaking after multiple nights of rioting and looting and telling protesters to stay on the streets and get even more confrontational. There was violence after the remarks, including a shooting incident where two National Guard members were injured. Waters has now guaranteed that she could be called as a witness by Trump in his own defense against her own lawsuit.”
Turley said Waters’ “most recent words could well be cited in the ongoing litigation over the January 6th riot on Capitol Hill.”
“As I have previously discussed, the lawsuit by House members and the NAACP may prove a colossal mistake. It is one of a number of lawsuits, including a lawsuit filed by Rep. Eric. Swalwell, D-Calif., that could ultimately vindicate Trump shortly before the next election,” he said.
He said Trump’s comments did not rise to the level of crime, pointing out that no charges have been filed.
“Waters has gone further and insisted that Trump should not only be charged with criminal incitement but actual ‘premeditated murder,'” he noted.
“That bring us back to Brooklyn Center this weekend. Violence and looting have been unfolding around the country, including the near the area where Waters was speaking. Yet, she called on people to stay in the streets and get more ‘confrontational.’ She added that there would be no acceptance of court decisions to the contrary: ‘We’re looking for a guilty verdict. If we don’t, we cannot go away.'”
After Waters’ remarks, protesters confronted reporters, descended on the home of a prosecutor and two Minnesota National Guardsmen were injured in a shooting.
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.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) April 18, 2021
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.#ExpelMaxineWaters
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) April 18, 2021
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., wrote, “Very soon I’ll be introducing a resolution to expel @RepMaxineWaters from Congress for her continual incitement of violence on innocent American people.”
She called the California congresswoman “a danger to our society.”
Green noted the violence that followed Waters’ comments.
She said Waters essentially “threatened a jury demanding a guilty verdict.”
Waters had support on Twitter, with one user writing: “#IStandWithAuntMaxine ALWAYS! She is good, decent, righteous, intelligent, empathetic, and everything a good leader should be.”
Waters told MSNBC: “We have to give support to our young people who are struggling and trying to make this justice system work for everybody. They see their peers being killed. Minneapolis is a great example of what’s wrong with the criminal justice system, what’s wrong with policing. I wanted to be there as auntie Maxine to show them, not only do I love them and support them, but they can count on me to be with them at this terrible time in all of our lives.”
It’s not Waters’ first threatening speech. In 2018, she urged supporters to “create a crowd” and to “push back” on members of the Trump administration in public.
“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd,” Waters said. “And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
Last week she yelled during a congressional hearing at Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, “You need to respect the chair and shut your mouth!”
In 2017 she described the Trump administration as “a bunch of scumbags.”
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