House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) threatened to take “action” against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) Sunday for inciting violence if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will not do so herself. “If Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week,” McCarthy tweeted.
On Monday, the form that “action” would take materialized in a resolution to censure Waters after Pelosi shrugged at McCarthy’s warning, The Hill reported.
Pelosi denies Waters incited violence
“No, absolutely not,” Pelosi said when asked if Waters had incited violence in Minnesota this weekend.
Republicans have called on Waters to face penalties after she told activists to “get confrontational” if Derek Chauvin is acquitted of murdering George Floyd.
“We’re looking for a guilty verdict,” she said. “And if we don’t, we cannot go away,” she added. “We’ve got to get more confrontational.”
Some, like freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), are calling for Waters to be expelled from Congress.
The back-and-forth between McCarthy and Pelosi echoes a similar episode last year when Pelosi defended Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) from GOP calls for his removal from the House Intelligence Committee over a relationship with a Chinese spy. A recent attempt by McCarthy to censure Swalwell failed.
Waters threat reverberates in Chauvin trial
This is not the first time Waters has made violent threats, but the Financial Services Committee chairwoman has never faced consequences. Back in the summer of 2018, she went on a now-infamous rant calling on Democrats to harass Trump staffers wherever they could be found in public.
If Waters doesn’t fear McCarthy by now, one can hardly blame her. It seems that McCarthy expects Pelosi to do his job for him.
Meanwhile, Waters’ latest comments reverberated through the Chauvin trial on Monday when the defense asked for a mistrial.
Judge Cahill denied the request, but reprimanded Waters and warned her comments could provide cause for an appeal. “I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result on this whole trial being overturned,” he said.