Marjorie Taylor Greene to introduce resolution to expel Maxine Waters from Congress

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 20, 2021

Waters said she was in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Saturday night to show her support for protesters amid ongoing protests over the police killing of Daunte Wright and to also support his family. Potter, who has since resigned, is facing charges of second-degree manslaughter.

His death sparked days of protests in the Minneapolis suburb, as the murder trial for another police killing of an unarmed Black man - George Floyd - is getting close to ending just a few miles away.

Conservatives have seized on Waters' comments, saying she is inflaming tensions as Minneapolis looks to prevent looting and destruction that occurred after Floyd's death previous year.

"We got to stay on the street".

At a protest in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Maxine Waters told protesters to "stay on the streets" if ex-officer Derek Chauvin is acquitted in the case. We've got to make sure that they know that we mean business.

"And it is so pervasive that I just don't know how this jury, it can really be said to be that they are free from the taint of this". "And if we don't, we can not go away".

Ms Waters remarks came amid a backdrop of renewed protests across the USA over a series of police shootings with unrest reported in Oakland, California and Chicago.

Chauvin is on trial for the death of George Floyd during an arrest on May 25 in Minneapolis.

Waters' comments could have repercussions for Chauvin's legal case too. In an interview with theGrio that was published on Monday morning, Waters said she was "nonviolent" and said her remark about being "confrontational" was in regard to changing the justice system in the US.

Asked if she believed Waters' comments have incited violence as Republicans have suggested, Pelosi responded: "No, absolutely not".

"Maxine talked about confrontation in the manner of the Civil Rights movement".

The comments by Waters, a California Democrat and icon among progressives, were immediately seized on by Republicans who claimed that Waters was inciting violence. He pledged to introduce a congressional resolution of censure, though such a move would be largely symbolic as Democrats run the lower house of Congress, too.

However, the judge in Chauvin's case criticized the congresswoman's comments.

Rep. Lisa McClain (R-Mich.) said Democrats' refusal to punish Waters is hypocritical.

On Monday, she rejected the furore, insisting she was "non-violent" and arguing Republicans were merely seizing on her remarks to "send a message to all of the white supremacists, the KKK". Greene was removed from her committee assignments in February after she indicated support for executing prominent Democratic politicians several years ago.

Still, Waters has allies as a longstanding and senior member of Congress.

She became engulfed in a feud with Trump in 2018 after she called on her supporters to publicly confront and harass members of the Trump administration in response to the zero tolerance immigration policy that led to thousands of children being separated at the USA border. "And you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere", Waters said.

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