GOP House leader Kevin McCarthy says Democrats ‘hurt George Floyd’s family’ by not condemning Maxine Waters for her BLM comments that ‘jeopardized’ Derek Chauvin’s judgment
- House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday criticized Democrats for not disapproving Representative Maxine Waters in a house vote Tuesday
- Waters said Saturday Black Lives Matter activists should “ become more confrontational ” if officer Derek Chauvin is found not guilty
- McCarthy and his fellow Republicans accused her of inciting violence
- The judge in Chauvin said her comments could give rise to an appeal
- Chauvin was found guilty on Tuesday of all three murders and manslaughter for the death of black man George Floyd in Minneapolis last year
- ‘It hurt the House of Representatives. It hurts George Floyd’s family, I believe, ” McCarthy said of Democrats vote to file censure resolution
- He said he approved of the outcome of the Chauvin case, but said Waters comments “ jeopardized ” the guilty verdict
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy criticized the Democrats for not disapproving of Rep. Maxine Waters, saying on Wednesday that the decision “ harms George Floyd’s family because they jeopardized the verdict in the Derek Chauvin case. ” ‘
McCarthy spoke to Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody on Real America’s Voice and talked about how House Democrats voted at the table, basically killing disapproval of the Republican resolution in a straight party line vote – 216-210 – Tuesday afternoon.
“Well, you know the Democrats were able to condemn that kind of action,” McCarthy said. But they approved it instead. It hurt the House of Representatives. I think it hurts George Floyd’s family. ‘
GOP House leader Kevin McCarthy said Democrats are “ hurting George Floyd’s family ” by not condemning Maxine Waters in a vote on Tuesday for her comments that “ jeopardize ” Derek Chauvin’s judgment
Rep. Maxine Waters was hammered by Republicans for saying Black Lives Matter activists on Saturday should “ become more confrontational ” if Officer Derek Chauvin was found not guilty of murdering black man George Floyd in Minneapolis last May
The California Republican said the California Democrat “believed violence was valuable.”
Waters traveled to Minneapolis – where Chauvin’s trial took place – on Saturday to rally with Black Lives Matter activists after another black man, Daunte Wright, was murdered by police.
“I hope we get a verdict that says guilty, guilty, guilty,” she told reporters on the ground, speaking of Chauvin, who was on trial for the murder of George Floyd on Memorial Day 2020.
And if we don’t, we can’t leave. We have to stay on the street. We become more active, we have to become more confrontational. We need to make sure they know we mean it, ”said Waters.
Republicans slapped Waters for the comments, claiming she incited violence.
Democrats pointed out that many of the same Republicans were defending former President Donald Trump in the aftermath of the January 6 MAGA riot, which they said he instigated.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries pointed out the GOP’s own string of scandals during a press conference Tuesday.
“Kevin McCarthy needs to focus on his own conference because the Republicans in the House are now a mess,” said Jeffries, the No. 5 Democrat in the House. Lauren Boebert is a mess. Matt Gaetz is a mess. Marjorie Taylor Greene is a mess. Clean up your mess, Kevin. Sit down. ‘
It became a bigger problem for the Democrats when the judge in the Chauvin trial, Peter Cahill, said Waters’s comments could be grounds for appeal.
McCarthy pointed out to Brody that his disapproval resolution was limited in scope – as it only quoted Waters and then Cahill.
“I just entered exactly what the judge said,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy said he believed the jury had correctly decided the Chauvin case.
“I think justice is served, I think our legal system worked,” he said, telling Brody he was not a lawyer when the broadcaster asked if Waters’s comments were actually grounds for appeal.
“All I understand what the judge said was that what Maxine Waters was doing was disgusting,” McCarthy replied.
He said the outcome “proved it worked well and well.”
“And now she was putting it in danger,” he said of Waters.