Maxine Waters asked for it
House Financial Services Committee chairwoman Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) called for violence in Minnesota, encouraging rioters to use violence to finish the job. House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy plans to move formally and censure Waters over her recent actions.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to hold her Democrat friends accountable for her actions. McCarthy is now forcing a censure vote in the House. Guess what… Pelosi can’t stop this resolution from getting a vote. Wonder why? It is a privileged resolution, and Pelosi knows it best. If Dems lose three of their people on the vote and all Republicans vote for it, the House will censure Waters. In other words, she will lose her position and another person will take the chair of the Financial Services Committee.
If the House censures Waters successfully, it will invoke Rule 25. It’s a powerful rule in the House Democrat Caucus rules but people know nothing about it. The powerful rule would strip Waters off her ability to serve as a chairwoman of the Financial Services Committee.
McCarthy’s move shows us that he believes Waters “broke the law by violating curfew” before the Democrat “incited violence” with the comments Waters made in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, over the weekend.
“This weekend in Minnesota, Maxine Waters broke the law by violating curfew and then incited violence. Increased unrest has already led to violence against law enforcement and her comments intentionally poured fuel on the fire,” McCarthy said. “We’ve heard this type of violent rhetoric from Waters before, and the United States Congress must clearly and without reservation reprimand this behavior before more people get hurt. But Speaker Pelosi is ignoring Waters’ behavior. That’s why I am introducing a resolution to censure Rep. Waters for these dangerous comments, and I hope that all my colleagues – both Republican and Democrat – will stand up for peace on America’s streets.”
Waters joined protesters in Brooklyn Center in Minnesota. Rioters have been protesting the death of Daunte Wright for days. The Democrat urged everyone to “get more confrontational” if the jury in Derek Chauvin’s trial doesn’t return a murder conviction in the case of George Floyd.
“We’re looking for a guilty verdict,” Waters said. “And we’re looking to see if all of the talk that took place and has been taking place after they saw what happened to George Floyd, 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 we are going to get a verdict that says ‘guilty, guilty, guilty.’ If we don’t, we cannot go away.”
There was a follow-up question on what rioters should do if the jury doesn’t convict the police officer of murder.
Waters responded, “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 they know we mean business.”
People shared videos of Waters and McCarthy took notice of it. He pressed the House Speaker to do something about the situation. Pelosi has yet to do something, and she even defended Waters. Oh, yes, according to Pelosi, Waters shouldn’t apologize for her comments.
“Maxine talked about confrontation in the manner of the Civil Rights movement,” Pelosi said, according to CNN. “I myself think we should take our lead from the George Floyd family. They’ve handled this with great dignity and no ambiguity or lack of misinterpretation by the other side.”
“No, no, I don’t think she should apologize,” Pelosi added about Waters.
Pelosi tells @AnnieGrayerCNN that Waters should NOT apologize for saying protestors should “get more confrontational” if Chauvin is acquitted. “No she doesn’t,” she said when asked if Waters should apologize. “Absolutely not,” she said when asked if her comments incited violence
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) April 19, 2021
Waters did the same. In her interview with the Grio, she said Republicans misinterpreted her call for confrontation.
“I am nonviolent,” Waters said.
“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.”
The Democrat also said this was part of a big conspiracy theory led by Republicans.
“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. “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.”
In the interview, Waters said she had used the word “confrontational” in terms of legislation and civic reform.
“I talk about confronting the justice system, confronting the policing that’s going on, I’m talking about speaking up,” Waters said. “I’m talking about legislation. I’m talking about elected officials doing what needs to be done to control their budgets and to pass legislation.”
She keeps complaining that Republicans did an effort to “distort” her commentary.
“I am not worried that they’re going to continue to distort what I say,” Waters said. “This is who they are and this is how they act. And I’m not going to be bullied by them.”
Democrats have a slim majority in the situation. Pelosi can only lose two members at this point. If three House Democrats join all Republicans in approving this censure, Pelosi would lose her dear friend.
History marks five successful censures of sitting House members in modern history.
Former Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) was censured in 2010 over corruption.
Reps. Daniel Crane (D-IL) and Gerry Studds (D-MA) were censured in the early 1980s for sexual misconduct. Democrats Charles Wilson and Charles Diggs received similar treatment in 1980 and 1979 respectively. The last censure before this was in the early 1920s.
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