Rep. Waters claims backlash over protest remarks is GOP distraction from Capitol Hill riot

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) faced widespread criticism after delivering incendiary comments prior to the announcement of a verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial.

In an op-ed published this week by the Los Angeles Times, however, she defended herself while attempting to shift the focus to former President Donald Trump.

“Because of who I am”

Not only did she decline to walk back her comments, which included encouraging protesters to “get more confrontational” if Chauvin were not convicted on all counts in connection to the death of George Floyd last year, but she also tried to use the situation to score political points against the GOP.

Waters claimed that the real reason Republicans criticized her rhetoric was to “divert attention” away from “the fact that they aided and abetted” the riot on Capitol Hill earlier this year.

“Now, because of who I am, the right-wing and members of Congress who subscribe to the views of groups like QAnon, the Oath Keepers, the Proud Boys, and the KKK have targeted me,” she added.

The California Democrat went on to describe the riot as “a violent, domestic terrorist insurrection led by Donald Trump.”

As for her own remarks, she said that anyone accusing her of “encouraging violence” is guilty of “a blatant distortion of the truth.”

“Looking for a guilty verdict”

Last weekend, Waters visited Minnesota, where she addressed protesters shortly before jurors in the Chauvin trial reached their verdict. Although most of the demonstrators in Brooklyn Center were there to protest the recent police shooting of Daunte Wright, Waters was asked to provide some remarks about the trial taking place just a few miles away.

“We’ve got to stay on the street and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational,” she declared. “We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”

Waters went on to make it clear that she was “looking for a guilty verdict” against the former Minneapolis police officer.

“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 happen, then we know we’ve got to not only stay in the street, but we’ve got to fight for justice.”

Her remarks led to a GOP attempt to censure her, but the measure was blocked by House Democrats. As a result, she remains defiant in the face of criticism, as her recent op-ed confirms.

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  1. GOP has been caving in for so long, the GOP is to blame. Will never vote for the “so called Democrats”, no real Democrats left.

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  3. For someone who defied the Law and broke the Law by traveling to another State just to demand something that was none of her business, she needs to realize that Breaking the Law as a Congressmen needs to be punished for this.
    She will keep on doing this until someone smacks her down, Pelosi wont touch her, The Governor wont touch her. Congress needs to put a stop to this and now.

    1. You got that right! We should go to Washington and walk them out of office whit a one way ticket to China and confiscate their property that they got with our taxpayer money.

  4. You are right. She needs to be punished, to the maximum. She was out of her district and inciting violence someplace, she has no business being in. And the fact that the jury was not sequestered, made it even worse. She should not be in Congress at all. She voted to impeach Trump, for something he didn’t do. Yet, she does it. No, she is not immune from the law. She broke the law by being out past curfew. She should be fined, like everybody else, at the very least for that. But Pelosi has shown her true colors in this matter.

  5. She should be arrested, tried and incarcerated for “Crossing state lines for the purpose of inciting a riot” just like the Chicago 7.

  6. Waters is worse than the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz! As the scarecrow said, there are a lot of people without a brain, who do a lot of talking, and she is certainly one of those people, which doesn’t say much for the fools who keep voting for her!

  7. Waters is pathologically ill, filled with anger and self loathing She is NOT known for a high level of intelligence, refinement nor independent decision making skills She represents a danger to herself and our country A true disgrace in a very homely body

  8. I am a former Democrat, and she is part of the reason why I say former. People like her need to be either put in jail or at least removed from office, by force if necessary. I have been a Republican since the Democratic party had President Kennedy killed. They didn’t like the way he governed because he would not follow all of their rules and they have not improved since.

    1. While dear Maxine is out there condemning white Americans for ‘systemic racism’ , she should read an article I read recently about which race is leading the charge for violence against Asian Americans. This report pointed out that of the 20 cases of reported racist fueled attacks against Asian Americans in NYC IN 2020, 11 of the incidents were perpetrated by blacks, 7 by Hispanic people’s, and 2 by whites….And the study shows that these numbers are pretty much consistent in most large American cities. Isn’t this a clear indication of systemic racism?

  9. The thugs at the Capital riot were the same thugs you were caught inciting in Minnesota. You must think that Americans are really stupid. President Trump has already been cleared of that. You see, maxie, We Americans have very good memories. Maybe you should remember that.

  10. Maxine Waters is the biggest, dumbest, idiot that ever got elected to any office. The people in her district in Calif. must be just as dumb to elect this idiot as a representative of their state. She is a pathetic excuse for a human being. She needs to crawl back under the rock she crawled out of, and keep her big radical mouth shut.

  11. Waters needs to shu her trap. She seems to forget the KKK, she mentioned, was a spawn of the democrats party.

  12. Maxine Watters is the number one racist in this country. How does a Thug gang banger like her get elected to congress. She needs to be reminded who the KKK was, the confederates in the civil war, the slave owners and who voted against all civil rights legislation. of coarse it was all the Democrats. Her buddy sleepy joe has made racial slurs including the N word throughout his whole do nothing career in politics. She belongs in jail.

  13. is she from Wuhan because she is certainly a sick ”old bat” . see you in the appellates maxine . your buds are gonna be tickled on why he gets a new trial ,ya think maybe???

  14. No Maxine you are a black racist bigot who loves to incite riots & violence & you have been doing that for the past 20 years!!!

  15. No its your racist action to invite riots and destruction. You should keep your options to your self. You were hired to do what’s best for your continents not run your mouth. Impeach her.

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