Calls are mounting to impeach or remove far-left Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters from office following comments in which she allegedly encouraged protesters to “get more confrontational” and “stay in the street” if the jury fails to render a guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.
Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, is on trial on murder charges in the death of George Floyd last year. Video of Chauvin’s actions during Floyd’s arrest has led to protests and unrest all over the country.
Waters (D-CA) traveled to Minnesota to encourage protesters, and called on activists to remain in the streets and let people know “we mean business” if the verdict does not go the way she feels it should.
“We’ve got to stay on the street and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational,” she said, according to video from the scene by a group called Unicorn Riot. “We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”
“We’re looking for a guilty verdict. We’re looking for a guilty verdict,” she continued.
“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,” Waters said. “And if we don’t, we cannot go away.”
WATCH: Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) says that BLM protesters should “stay on the street” and get “more confrontational” if Chauvin isn’t found guilty of murder this week pic.twitter.com/bu5NkOcn87
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) April 18, 2021
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Tensions In Minnesota
Protests have been ongoing in Minneapolis with the Chauvin trial ready to conclude this week as well as the recent officer-involved shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black man who had an open warrant for his arrest related to an aggravated robbery attempt, according to court records.
The officer in that case resigned according to the former Chief of Police, after claiming she reportedly thought she was pulling her taser, but instead accidentally shot Wright. The Chief of Police also resigned.
Protests have been ongoing for about a week with some demonstrators hurling objects at police officers and over 100 arrests on Friday.
In a subsequent interview on Sunday, Waters explained that she was in Minnesota “to be there kind of as Aunty Maxine” to the protesters, letting them know “they can count on me to be with them at this terrible time in all of our lives.”
The New York Post editorial board claims Waters’ comments were “irresponsible,” “inciting violence,” and accused the Democrat congresswoman of “trying to create a Civil War.”
The Post has called to impeach and remove Maxine Waters from office.
“By her own standards,” they write, noting her role in supporting the impeachment of former President Donald Trump over his alleged role in inciting the Capitol protests in January, “Maxine Waters should be impeached and removed.”
Maxine Waters traveled across state lines to incite violence
& should be removed from Congress.
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) April 18, 2021
Calls Growing To Remove Aunty Maxine
The New York Post isn’t the only entity calling to impeach Maxine Waters for her comments.
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), currently running for governor of New York, called her rhetoric “poisonous.”
“Due to the continued dangerous and toxic incitement to violence by Maxine Waters, she should be immediately removed from Congress,” Zeldin tweeted.
Due to the continued dangerous and toxic incitement to violence by Maxine Waters, she should be immediately removed from Congress. Her rhetoric is poisonous.
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) April 19, 2021
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), herself a controversial figure but one who has actually been punished by her colleagues for comments in years past, said she will introduce legislation to have Waters removed from Congress.
.@RepMaxineWaters you don’t live in Minnesota.
You crossed state lines and incited riots, violence against police, shootings at the MN NG, and threatened a jury as a sitting US Congresswoman.@SpeakerPelosi surely you will expel this criminal from Congress and uphold the law! pic.twitter.com/twH52VwFTP
— Marjorie Taylor Greene (@mtgreenee) April 19, 2021
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) also chimed in on Maxine Waters’ comments, saying Democrats are “actively encouraging riots and violence.”
He added, “They want to tear us apart.”
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) April 19, 2021
Perhaps more importantly, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), seemed to indicate he would move to take action against Maxine Waters, though whether or not that involved an effort to impeach remains to be seen.
“Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis — just as she has incited it in the past,” McCarthy tweeted. “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
Waters courted controversy during the Trump administration, telling supporters to harass administration officials in public every chance they get.
“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,” she said.
Waters would later call on people to take to the streets to protest against Trump.
“I think he’s dangerous,” she professed, “I don’t know why people take it. I think Americans should be out in the streets screaming to the top of their voice. Do something. Make something happen.”
Maxine Waters: ‘Americans should be out in the streets screaming’ for Trump’s head https://t.co/JuPk8HzsE1
— Paul Bedard (@SecretsBedard) July 25, 2018
The Hill notes that following Waters’ comments, “Two guardsman were injured … when a gunman fired at a Minnesota National Guard and Minneapolis Police Department neighborhood security team.”
“However,” they add, “National Guard officials did not provide any immediate evidence of who fired at the law enforcement officials or a connection to Waters’s comments.”
Conservative commentator Matt Walsh opined that Waters’ comments are an effort to intimidate the jury in the Chauvin case.
“Maxine Waters is trying to intimidate a jury to influence the outcome of a murder trial,” he tweeted. “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
Closing arguments will be presented in the Chauvin case on Monday, after which the jury will be sequestered.
The judge in the case denied a defense request to have the jury sequestered following Wright’s shooting.
The defense attorney “expressed concern that jurors might be made nervous to deliver a verdict with which the public does not agree,” according to NPR.
Did they hear Maxine Waters’ call for violence? Will they now have to be nervous about rendering a verdict that she and her followers “on the street” won’t agree with?
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