Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., earlier came under fire for remarks during a visit to Brooklyn Center, near Minneapolis, on Saturday, as she urged protesters to “get more confrontational”, as tensions run high in the area where Daunte Wright was shot as the trial of Derek Chauvin, accused of murdering black man George Floyd, nears its culmination.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., believes that recent incendiary remarks made by House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters call for immediate congressional censure.
McCarthy said he believes there are ‘probably 10 to 15’ Democrats who would vote for censure.
Amid intensifying protests near Brooklyn Center police headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, over the fatal police-involved shooting of a local black man, 20-year-old Daunte Wright, Rep. Maxine Waters joined the demonstrators on Saturday and urged them to “stay in the street”.
As the city is braced to hear the verdict in the case of former police officer Derek Chauvin, charged with murdering another black man, George Floyd, on 25 May, Waters voiced hope for a guilty verdict, adding:
As the Democrat urged the protesters to “get more active”, she said:
Just hours after the remarks by the Congresswoman, early on Sunday, two members of the National Guard sustained non-life threatening injuries in a drive-by shooting.
The comments by the Democratic Congresswoman were brought up by Judge Peter Cahill during Chauvin’s trial. The former Minneapolis police officer’s defence team denounced them as “threatening acts of violence.”
The Judge presiding over the trial, which has since heard the closing arguments in the case, also called out Waters for “confrontational’ comments.
“This goes back to what I’ve been saying from the beginning… I wish elected officials would stop talking about this case, especially in a manner that is disrespectful to the rule of law and to the judicial branch and our function, added the judge.
Referencing the Judge’s words, Kevin McCarthy said:
“And now what she has said has even put doubt into a jury. You had a judge announce that it was wrong.”
The House GOP leader emphasised action, in his opinion, was called for, especially when Waters had a “pattern of this behaviour”.
McCarthy was referring to the politician’s words addressing a crowd in California in 2018.
At the time, the lawmaker she urged supporters to “create a crowd” whenever they recognise Donald Trump supporters and “tell them they’re not welcome anymore”.
“I will go and take Trump out tonight,” Waters also said in 2017, addressing an LGBT group gala in New York.
Waters later dismissed her comments, telling CNN that it is “absolutely ridiculous” for people to think “a grandmother who is a congresswoman… for all of these years would be talking about doing any harm”.
‘Trying to Incite a Riot’
The recent comments by Rep. Maxine Waters have triggered a furious backlash from conservatives.
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) accused her of “traveling to a different state trying to incite a riot.”
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) said Waters should be “immediately removed from Congress” for her “dangerous and toxic incitement to violence”.
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) called for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to “take immediate action”.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said:
However, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) defended Waters on Monday, insisting that the California lawmaker had no need to apologise for her weekend remarks.
When asked by reporters if the statements could, indeed, be interpreted as inciting violence, Pelosi replied, “No, absolutely not.”
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin listens as defence attorney Eric Nelson makes closing arguments during Chauvin’s trial for second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. April 19, 2021 in this courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg
The developments come after six hours of closing arguments and rebuttal on Monday heard in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the judicial process over Derek Chauvin, a former police officer accused of killing George Floyd.
The second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter case against Chauvin is now with the jury for deliberations.
On 25 May 2020, then-police officer Chauvin kneeled on the neck of George Floyd for over eight minutes during an arrest, despite the latter’s pleas he could not breathe, resulting in the African American man’s death.
Floyd’s death has since spawned worldwide protests against police brutality, police racism, and lack of police accountability.