Maxine Waters could face censure and lose her committee assignments after backlash for “ inciting violence ” by telling Minneapolis protesters to become “ more confrontational ” as Derek Chauvin’s trail wraps up.
The California representative traveled to Minneapolis over the weekend before closing arguments began Monday at Chavin’s trial, where he is charged with the murder of George Floyd during a May 25 arrest.
Waters, 82, broke the city’s curfew by taking to the streets Saturday night to join protesters, where she was videotaped saying she hoped Chauvin would be found guilty.
“I’m not happy we talked about police reform for so long,” said Waters.
‘If we don’t [get a guilty verdict], we can’t leave. We have to stay on the street, ”she added.
“We have to stay on the street and we have to become more active, we have to become confrontational,” Waters demanded of rioters. “We need to make sure they know we mean business.”
While the city waited for a verdict in Chauvin’s trial, Black Lives Matter rioters took to the streets – breaking curfews, burning buildings, looting and demanding that he be found guilty.
California Congressman Maxine Waters was in Minnesota on Saturday night and said protesters should become “more active and confrontational.”
In what has been dubbed Operation Safety Net, more than 3,000 National Guard members were activated in the city, in addition to 1,100 public security officers from across Minnesota.
Hours after Waters’s comments, two members of the National Guard were injured, although not critically, in a drive-by shooting at around 4:20 a.m. Sunday morning.
Waters supported impeachment against Donald Trump after using language similar to hers before the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. Democrats argue that his words “sparked an uprising” and were therefore grounds for his resignation.
“If you don’t fight hard, you run out of land,” Trump said at a rally before a crowd of his supporters reached the Capitol.
Joe Biden’s White House has refused to condemn Waters’ call for more violent riots and clashes between protesters and law enforcement officials.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is leading charges before Congress for taking action against Waters.
McCarthy claimed on Monday that between 10 and 15 Democrats could vote on his motion to officially condemn Waters for her Saturday night comments.
During an interview on Fox News Primetime, the California congressman said Waters “believes violence is valuable.”
“And now what she said has even cast doubt on a jury,” McCarthy said, referring to the George Floyd jury.
“You had a judge announce it was wrong,” he continued. “I think this is taking action, especially if she has a pattern of this behavior.”
The Congressman has a long history of defending violent protests and riots – and using inflammatory language to encourage such acts.
Called 1992 LA RIOTS A ‘REBELLION’
Waters refused to call the 1992 Los Angeles violence a riot, calling it a “ rebellion ” – even though her office was burned down during the unrest.
The riots followed the acquittal of four LAPD officers who beat Rodney King, a black man. A video of the incident was made and distributed.
“There are those who would like me to … tell people to go in, be peaceful, that they have to accept the verdict,” Waters said at a 1992 press conference.
‘I accept the responsibility of asking people not to endanger their lives. I’m not asking people not to be angry, ”she continued.
“I’m angry, and I’m entitled to that anger, and the people out there are entitled to that anger.”
The death toll from the riots was 64, of which nine were shot by law enforcement officials. Of the dead, 28 were black. Reports at the time showed that as many as 2,383 people were injured in some capacity.
Waters insisted that most of the looting in LA at the time was just so poor mothers could get the supplies for their kids.
Waters and then-President Bill Clinton tour Los Angeles in May 1992 after rioters burned buildings to the ground during violent riots
At the time, she called the violence ‘a spontaneous reaction to a lot of injustice and a lot of alienation and frustration’.
“There were mothers who took this as an opportunity to have some milk, to have some bread, to bring some shoes. Maybe they shouldn’t have done it, but the atmosphere was such that they did. They’re not crooks, ” Waters defended during a speech on Michael Jackson’s KABC radio talk show in 1992.
She also told a reporter for the Los Angeles Times at the time: ‘A lady said her kids didn’t have shoes. She just saw those shoes there, an opportunity for all of her children to have new shoes. Goddamnit! It was such a tear-jerk. Maybe I went in and took them for her myself. ‘
Waters said her office that burned down during the riots was not personal. She said she was not “angry” at all and that the office was just “one of the victims of the uprising.”
TOLD SUPPORTERS TO CONFRONT PUBLIC TRUMP OFFICIALS
In June 2018, Waters told people to publicly harass Trump cabinet members and other government officials after the then president imposed a “ zero-tolerance policy ” on illegal immigration on the southern border.
“Let’s make sure we show up everywhere,” Waters said at a meeting in LA.
And when you see someone from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gas station, you get out and create a crowd. And you push them back. And you tell them they are not welcome anywhere anymore, ”she said.
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Mr. President, we will see you every day, every hour of the day, everywhere we are, to let you know you can’t get away with this, ”Waters said at the meeting.
The congressman’s comments came after several Trump officials were recently confronted in public – especially over dinner at restaurants.
In June 2018, then White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her family were asked to leave The Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia – where they were having dinner that night because gay workers were uncomfortable with her. politics.
Also that month, Trump’s then Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, was taken from a Mexican eatery a few blocks from the White House. A video appeared with protesters chanting “shame” at Nielsen while she was dining.
Two days earlier, Stephen Miller, senior White House policy adviser, was called a fascist while eating at another Mexican restaurant, also in DC.
On the same day as Waters’ rally, the Congressman appeared on MSNBC to encourage more confirmation.
‘The people will turn against them. They’re going to protest, ”she said. They’re definitely going to bother them until they decide they’re going to tell the president, ‘No, I can’t stay with you. ”
WATERS SAYS SHE THREATS TROMP SUPPORTERS ‘ALL THE TIME’
Trump suggested in a 2018 tweet that Waters’s confrontational comments were aimed at his supporters, rather than those who worked in his administration.
But Waters said in September 2018 comments, while threatening Trump supporters “ all the time, ” she wasn’t in that case.
‘I have not threatened voters and supporters. I do that all the time, but I didn’t that time, ”Waters said, laughing from a crowd in LA.
“What bothered me so much was they tried to think of it as violence,” Waters said. “That’s not violence.”
The poster child for violence is the President of the United States. He’s the one who threatens, ”she continued. “Don’t forget at his meetings when he said go ahead and beat them up, I’ll take them on a stretcher.”
“I am not in favor of violence,” she said. “I don’t think you should hit, kick, shoot,” said Waters. “We have to tell people the difference between violence and rudeness and protest.”
“ I said if you see them somewhere, if you see them in a restaurant, if you see them in a department store, even a gas station, just tell them you’re not welcome here or anywhere, ” Waters recalled .
“Of course it scared a lot of people.”
TELLS GOP REP. JIM JORDAN TO ‘CLOSE YOUR MOUTH’
Waters told Republican Congressman Jim Jordan to “shut up” when he spoke to Dr. Anthony Fauci asked when the pandemic will end and America will regain their ‘freedoms’.
The House Coronavirus Crisis Subcommittee fell into chaos last Thursday when Jordan questioned Facui about restrictions that have been in place for a year.
“We had 15 days to slow the spread and turned into a year of lost freedom,” Jordan said during the session. “What statistics, what measures, what must happen before Americans regain their freedoms?”
‘You mean freedom and liberty. I see it as a public health measure to prevent people from dying and going to the hospital, ” Fauci told Jordan, saying the US will return to normal once enough people are vaccinated.
Democratic Representative Maxine Waters (right) told Republican Congressman Jim Jordan (left) to “ shut up ” when he met Dr. Fauci asked when America will get their “freedoms” back
“Don’t you think Americans’ freedoms have been compromised in the past year, Dr. Fauci?” Jordan added. “They have been attacked!”
Fauci then told Jordan ‘you’re making this personal’ when the Ohio representative said no one should criticize him.
“You have to respect the chair and shut up!” Waters intervened. It came after she opened her testimony by saying, ‘Dr. Fauci, I love you. ‘