Waters’ called on protestors to become “more confrontational” if Derek Chauvin was not convicted of murder, leading even the Judge in the case to criticize the comments, which he said may result in any conviction being thrown out on appeal.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) told Minnesota rioters to “stay in the street” and “get more confrontational” unless the jury finds Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd, not just manslaughter.
Republicans demanded she be censured and condemned Waters for her remarks. The Judge in the Derek Chauvin case said Waters’ comments may result in any conviction “being overturned” on appeal
Rep. Maxine Waters calls for rioters to "stay in the street" and "fight for justice" against police unless Chauvin is declared guilty for murder, not just manslaughter.
"We got to get more confrontational. We got to make sure they know we mean business." pic.twitter.com/YVdV8QHfUM
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) April 18, 2021
Waters brushed aside the GOP’s concerns at TheGrio:
In an exclusive interview with theGrio, Waters dismissed suggestions that she was encouraging violence. “I am nonviolent,” she said. The congresswoman said attempts to characterize her words and suggest otherwise is nothing more than a political tactic by the GOP.
“Republicans will jump on any word, any line and try to make it fit their message and their cause for denouncing us and denying us, basically calling us violent … any time they see an opportunity to seize on a word, so they do it and they send a message to all of the white supremacists, the KKK, the Oath Keepers, the [Proud] Boys and all of that, how this is a time for [Republicans] to raise money on [Democrats] backs,” Waters added.
“This is a time for [Republicans] to keep telling our constituents that [Democrats] are the enemy and they do that time and time again,” Waters said of what she described as a Republican strategy. “But that does not deter me from speaking truth to power. I am not intimidated. I am not afraid, and I do what needs to be done.”
Waters claimed she meant “confronting the justice system, confronting the policing that’s going on,” and “speaking up.”
“I am not worried that they’re going to continue to distort what I say,” she said. “This is who they are and this is how they act. And I’m not going to be bullied by them.”
Ma’am, you have a history of pushing for chaos (make sure you harass members of Trump’s administration!). Also, don’t encourage “confrontation” in the middle of a city engulfed in riots and violence. She *literally* made her comments in the middle of an angry crowd in Minneapolis.DONATE
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