Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is circulating a petition and will introduce a resolution to expel Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) from office for her “continual incitement of violence.”
On Saturday night, Waters joined an anti-police protest over the trial in the George Floyd case and the officer-involved shooting of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. She told protesters to stay out in the streets and “get more confrontational.” Following her remarks, on Sunday morning two National Guard members were shot in Minneapolis. They sustained non-lethal injuries and will recover. The Guardsmen were deployed as part of a “neighborhood security team” for Operation Safety Net, which is a multi-agency response to the protests surrounding the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
“I’m going to fight with all of the people who stand for justice. We’ve got to get justice in this country and we cannot allow these killings to continue,” Waters said to reporters. “We’ve got to stay on the street and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational,” Waters proclaimed. “We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”
Greene tweeted on Sunday that Waters is a “danger to our society” for her “continual incitement of violence.” She also said that the shootings of the National Guard members were a direct result of Waters’ incitement: “After traveling across state lines to incite riots, her orders recorded on video last night at the Brooklyn Center, directly led to more violence and a drive by shooting on National Guardsmen in Minnesota early this morning,” Greene tweeted.
Maxine Waters is marching in Brooklyn Center tonight and told people to take to the streets if Chauvin is acquitted pic.twitter.com/RemfvCCLAn
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) April 18, 2021
Waters also threatened that if Chauvin is acquitted or charged with anything less than murder in the George Floyd trial, protesters would stay in the streets and continue to cause havoc: “We’re looking for a guilty verdict… and if we don’t we cannot go away.”
Greene labeled this as a threat of continued violence to the jury if they do not vote to convict: “As a sitting United States Congresswoman Maxine Waters threatened a jury demanding a guilty verdict and threatened violence if Chauvin is found not guilty.
“This is also an abuse of power,” Greene declared, adding, “#ExpelMaxineWaters.”
After traveling across state lines to incite riots, her orders recorded on video last night at the Brooklyn Center, directly led to more violence and a drive by shooting on National Guardsmen in Minnesota early this morning.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) April 18, 2021
As a sitting United States Congresswoman @MaxineWaters threatened a jury demanding a guilty verdict and threatened violence if Chauvin is found not guilty. This is also an abuse of power.#ExpelMaxineWaters
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) April 18, 2021
Sunday evening, GOP House leader Kevin McCarthy gave a measured response calling for consequences after Waters seemingly called for more violence in the streets, but only if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi does not take action.
“Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis — just as she has incited it in the past. If Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week,” he tweeted.
Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis — just as she has incited it in the past. If Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) April 19, 2021
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) weighed in on Waters’ inflammatory remarks: “Democrats actively encouraging riots & violence. They want to tear us apart.”
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) also took note: “Why is Maxine Waters traveling to a different state trying to incite a riot? What good can come from this?”
Maxine Waters would already be expelled if she was a Republican.
— 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,” Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) stated on Twitter. “As long as the Left appeases their anti-America base, their job is done.”
— Darnae (@DDarnae) April 18, 2021
Waters appeared on MSNBC Sunday and claimed she went to Minnesota “kind of as Aunty Maxine” to show her support for the protesters and to tell them “they can count on me to be with them at this terrible time in all of our lives.”
“They see their peers being killed. Minneapolis is a great example of what’s wrong with the criminal justice system, what’s wrong with policing. And so those of us who hold significant positions must stand up,” she remarked.
“We must support them. We must speak out. We must call for justice,” she added.
— David Schuman (@david_schuman) April 18, 2021
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