On Monday, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., defended her inciting rhetoric Saturday night urging protestors to riot if former police officer Derek Chauvin is not found guilty for the murder of George Floyd.
Waters blamed Republicans for trying to make her calls for violence to “fit their message and their cause for denouncing us and denying us.”
“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 …,” Waters said. “This is a time for [Republicans] to keep telling our constituents that [Democrats] are the enemy and they do that time and time again. 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 was sounding off after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., demanded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., take action “against this dangerous rhetoric.”
In a video of Waters’ appearance in Brooklyn Center, she told protestors, “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.”
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) to BLM protesters in Brooklyn Center, MN:
“[Protestors] got to stay on the street and get more active, more confrontational. They’ve got to know that we mean business.” pic.twitter.com/GLIPoLwZnd
— Bree A Dail (@breeadail) April 18, 2021
As reported by a New York Times reporter, Waters plans to remain in Minnesota until the verdict is delivered in the case. Closing arguments are expected today.
On Sunday, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., announced she will put forth a measure to expel Waters from Congress after her comments.
“Very soon I’ll be introducing a resolution to expel Rep. Maxine Waters from Congress for her continual incitement of violence on innocent American people. Rep Waters is a danger to our society,” Greene wrote in a statement. “After traveling across state lines to incite riots, her orders recorded on video last night at the Brooklyn Center, directly led to more violence and a drive by shooting on National Guardsmen in Minnesota early this morning.”