It’s not a secret that Minneapolis, Minnesota is already a flashpoint for potential violence and destruction caused by riots and looting, especially after the officer-involved killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright — not to mention the upcoming conclusion of the Derek Chauvin murder trial.
So it’s not a surprise that Republicans and many Americans are angry with recent comments from Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), who according to Fox News, made recent comments to her followers that they should “get more confrontational” if Chauvin isn’t convicted of murder when the jury returns a verdict, which is expected to happen in the coming week.
Her inflammatory comments, which were largely ignored by most of the mainstream media, come on the heels of nearly a week’s worth of new protests and riots in the wake of Wright’s death in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.
What did she say?
Waters, known for her inflammatory, anti-Trump comments in the past, was asked by reporters about her thoughts on the Chauvin trial, which was being held just a few minutes away from where Wright was killed as a result of a confrontation with police during a traffic stop.
“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,” Waters replied.
The 82-year-old California lawmaker made clear that she believes Chauvin should be convicted of murder but urged action in the streets if the verdict doesn’t result in her desired outcome. “We cannot go away,” Waters said, if Chauvin isn’t convicted.
Closing arguments for the prosecution and the defense in the Chauvin trial are scheduled to begin and wrap up on Monday. As in any case, a jury could return a fast verdict or it could be drawn out for days or possibly weeks.
Businesses in and around Minneapolis, as well as those responsible for various government buildings, have taken extra precautions over the past two weeks to secure their properties in order to brace for potential widespread violence in the streets following the announcement of the verdict.
A number of Republicans were quick to point out Waters’ call for extended riots and destruction in a city that desperately needs a break from such tragedies, including Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO).
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
“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,” wrote Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) in a Sunday tweet.
Only time will tell if riots are once again sparked in Minneapolis, but if it happens and things get really bad, as many predict, Waters should be held accountable for incitement.