Report: Democrats reluctant to condemn Waters for remarks ahead of Chauvin verdict

Earlier this week, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) made headlines after she suggested that protesters should continue to take to the streets if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin had been acquitted in the death of George Floyd.

But while Waters’ remarks prompted swift pushback from Republicans, members of the congresswoman’s own party have been less willing to express disapproval — and it’s becoming something of a scandal.

“Disrespectful to the rule of law”

According to Fox News, the controversy began on Monday, when Waters traveled to Minneapolis amid unrest there surrounding Chauvin’s trial and a recent police-involved shooting in a nearby suburb.

On the issue of how the demonstrators should respond to the verdict in Chauvin’s case, Waters was clear. “We’ve got to stay on the street and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational,” the California lawmaker declared, referring to a case wherein Chauvin was acquitted, according to Fox. “We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business,” she added.

Those words brought a rebuke from the presiding judge in Chauvin’s case, Peter Cahill, who said commentary from legislators is “disrespectful to the rule of law and to the judicial branch.”

Although Cahill denied defense attorney Eric Nelson’s motion for a mistrial, the judge conceded that Waters’ outburst could provide grounds for an appeal. Chauvin was ultimately convicted of all three charges against him, according to the Associated Press, and a sentencing date is pending.

GOP cries foul

Like the judge, Republicans weren’t happy with Waters’ remarks ahead of the verdict. “I’d like to see Maxine Waters apologize for the inflammatory comments that she’s made inciting violence,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) said, according to Fox.

“It’s a powder keg down there,” Scalise added. “The last thing you want to do is make it worse, and especially, to give grounds for an appeal.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) expressed a similar sentiment. “One of the hallmarks of our system is people are entitled to a fair trial. Sometimes a fair trial is difficult to conduct,” he said, according to ABC News.

McConnell went on: “It is certainly not helpful for a member of Congress, and even the president of the United States to appear to be weighing in, in public, while the jury is trying to sort through this significant case.”

While House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) reportedly moved to have Waters censured, Democrats made clear that they wouldn’t support the move.

“I certainly will not support that frivolous resolution,” House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) said, according to Fox. “Kevin McCarthy should focus on his own conference because Republicans are a mess right now,” he charged.

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  1. Like a pack of dogs. Dark and vicious. Type in see where it takes you.

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    1. I am going there NOW
      This is absolute madness out of ANY government official to EVER incite or Support Violence & lawlessness like the Frauds in the WH & these demoncrats are & have been doing both bumbden & whoreis along, with this POS & piggrossi ao-c & all the squad & democrats be Impeached & REMOVED

      1. Maxine waters should be fired immediately! Look how 4 years democrats mjumped on anything at president trump. There such hypocrites! If this was kkk it would be a powder keg! Well blm, antufa is no different than kkk! Waters is starting a war between races! Kkk had been silent! Won’t last long!

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  3. The Protesters are being paid by this fraudulent Administration! To destroy America and The Constitution!!! THEY COMMITTED TREASON !! THEY NEED REMOVED BY FORCE !!!!

    1. drag Maxine Waters out by her hair like she said she would do to PRESIDENT TRUMP her day is coming and i hope it’s soon she’ll be out of office

  4. What is Waters doing in MN? It isn’t her State, she has no business being there, especially when she is fomenting unrest and violence in another State.

  5. She’s black, so what do you really think can be done about??
    No one dares, any more, t call a spade a spade when it is so obvious, for fear they will suffer the consequence others who were brave enough to stand for the constitution!!
    This poor fool has no idea what the constitution is all about, much less that she is obligated as a sitting congress woman to abide by it! No one tells a black -person what thy should up hold as true citizens of the U.S.!!

  6. Waters is nothing less than a domestic terrorist. She should be arrested and charged for inciting a riot threats to undermine local government. Since the democrats refuse to censor her, we can see the Democratic party is nothing less than communism. They should all be expelled from the house and the senate and Biden and Harris should be impeached.

  7. Where have people been the last 10 plus years? If they were paying attention like some of us were they would have realized that Pelosi, Waters and the rest of the Democrats think that they are above the law and the laws don’t apply to them. This needs to stop. And ones like Waters who called for riots, and Pelosi for her insider trading need to be held accountable for the laws they break. If it means prison time than put them in Prison. They need to be shown that just because they are in congress they are NOT above the law.

  8. There is such a good chance that Maxine force the vote to guilty I’m making the jurors afraid to vote otherwise. Just like the alternative juror being afraid the crowd would come to her house personally. There could have been jurors who would have voted not guilty if they weren’t afraid of the outcome.

  9. Waters, Pelosi and Biden are poor excuses for piticians. All should hzve held their thoughts on rezerve until the jury announced the verdict in the Chauvin trial. They should be ashamed to promote violence if the guilty verdict did not come in. Thank them a one juror was intimidated to vote other than guilty. Should be enough for an Appeal. We all saw the video of Chauvin’s actions and what the verdict should be regarding Chauvin’s actions. What gets me is in Texas a few years back a man named Timor had same thing happen and he died after 14 minutes of being kneed down. Nothing was done and Dallas PD covered it up. No one raised hell about it! Guess because the guy being held down was white! Until news reported investigated nothing was known…
    And more white men are killed by cops and no one gets all racial about it. Truth is there are far more good cops than bad. Chauvin was beyond over the top in his policing actions and it is a sad day the issue became about race!

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