Republicans Slam Maxine Waters For Urging Protesters To ‘Get More Confrontational’ On ‘The Street’
Republicans are condemning Democratic lawmaker, Rep. Maxine Waters (California), after she urged protesters in Minnesota to “get more confrontational” should former police officer Derek Chauvin not get convicted over the death of George Floyd last year.
Waters attended a rally on Saturday night in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, where protesters gathered days after the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright.
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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
During the protest, the Democratic lawmaker was also asked about the upcoming verdict on Chauvin’s involvement in Floyd’s case.
To this, Waters told the rally that if the former police officer is not found guilty, then the protesters “cannot go away.”
“We’re looking for a guilty verdict. We’re looking for a guilty verdict. And we’re looking to see if all of this [inaudible] that took place and has been taking place after they saw what happened to George Floyd,” Waters said.
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
“If nothing does not happen, then we know that we’ve got to not only stay in the street, but we’ve got to fight for justice, but I am very hopeful and I hope that we’re going to get a verdict that will say guilty, guilty, guilty. And if we don’t, we cannot go away.”
Pressed on, she added: “Well, we got to stay on the street. And we’ve got to get more active. [We’ve] got to get more confrontational,” she added.
“[We’ve] got to make sure that they know we mean business.”
Waters also seemed to encourage people to ignore curfews that were instituted to quell violent riots and looting.
Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters says she doesn't recognize the curfew and encourages people to break it and says she hopes the protests will continue. pic.twitter.com/nVpzX2yH6K
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) April 18, 2021
This is not the first time that Waters called for “confrontation” against a certain group of individuals.
In 2018, the Democratic lawmaker told her supporters to harass members of the then administration of former President Donald Trump, saying: “Let’s stay the course. Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up and if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station.”
“You get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” Waters said.
GOP blasts Maxine Waters for “inciting” violence
Meanwhile, Republicans blasted Waters latest remarks — which some described as an act of “inciting violence.”
Senator Ted Cruz (Texas) said “Democrats actively encouraging riots & violence.”
“They want to tear us apart,” Cruz said. “We gotta stay on the street,’ Waters was recorded saying, adding that protesters needed ‘to get more confrontational’ & they should ignore the curfew in place.”
Democrats actively encouraging riots & violence.
They want to tear us apart.
“'We gotta stay on the street,' Waters was recorded saying, adding that protesters needed 'to get more confrontational' & they should ignore the curfew in place.” https://t.co/PWW7YNDbKR
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 18, 2021
Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene calls for Rep. Waters’ expulsion from Congress for inciting riot in Minnesota.
She said the lawmaker incited “Black Lives Matter domestic terrorists to fire gunshots at National Guardsmen in Minnesota.”
“I’ll be introducing a resolution to expel Rep. Maxine Waters from Congress for her continual incitement of violence,” Greene said in a statement.
“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,” she wrote. “As a sitting United States Congresswoman, Rep. Maxine Waters threatened a jury demanding a guilty verdict and threatened violence if Chauvin is found not guilty. This is also an abuse of power,” she continued, before adding, “Rep. Maxine Waters must be expelled from Congress!”
Rep. Andy Biggs (Arizona) said: “The Radical Left don’t care if your towns are burning, if there’s violence in your streets, or if the police are too defunded to defend their communities.”
“As long as the Left appeases their anti-America base, their job is done.”
The Radical Left don’t care if your towns are burning, if there’s violence in your streets, or if the police are too defunded to defend their communities.
As long as the Left appeases their anti-America base, their job is done.https://t.co/bmBJEsrCdn
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) April 18, 2021
Rep. Lauren Boebert (Colorado) also called out Waters.
“Why is Maxine Waters traveling to a different state trying to incite a riot? What good can come from this?” Rep. Lauren Boebert (RCO) wrote on Twitter.
Why is Maxine Waters traveling to a different state trying to incite a riot? What good can come from this? https://t.co/nXzV0trmN3
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) April 18, 2021
Top House Republican, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (California) demanded that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi take action against Waters over her remarks.
“Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis — just as she has incited it in the past,” McCarthy said in a statement. “If Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week.”
Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis — just as she has incited it in the past. If Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) April 19, 2021
Other personalities also pounced on Pelosi — while referencing that this is the same context used by Democrats to push the second impeachment against former President Trump.
Matt Walsh wrote: “Maxine Waters is trying to intimidate a jury to influence the outcome of a murder trial. Every elected Republican in the country should be calling for her immediate arrest and removal from congress.”
Maxine Waters is trying to intimidate a jury to influence the outcome of a murder trial. Every elected Republican in the country should be calling for her immediate arrest and removal from congress.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) April 18, 2021
Steven Crowder, podcast host: “If Trump was removed from Twitter AND Facebook for ‘inciting violence’ then Maxine Waters needs to be federally charged and impeached.”
If Trump was removed from Twitter AND Facebook for “inciting violence” then Maxine Waters needs to be federally charged and impeached. https://t.co/FecHvtTweB
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) April 18, 2021
Podcast host Gerry Callahan added: “Donald Trump was impeached and banned from all social media platforms for less.”
Donald Trump was impeached and banned from all social media platforms for less. https://t.co/zHgrNGLzNX
— Gerry Callahan (@GerryCallahan) April 18, 2021
The New York Post Editorial Board, for its part, wrote that Waters was “trying to create a Civil War” and that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “should strip her of her committee assignments and move for a vote to remove Waters from office.”