Maxine Waters: Trump 'Emboldened' Cop Charged with Killing George Floyd
Anti-Trump Democrat attempts to shift blame onto the president
Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) has attempted to blame President Donald Trump for the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody earlier this week.
Appearing on MSNBC Saturday, Waters once against suggested President Trump was partly to blame for Floyd's tragic death.
Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck while in custody.
The cop, Derek Chauvin, was arrested on murder and manslaughter charges after video of the arrest went viral.
According to Waters, Chauvin acted as he did because he was "emboldened" by Trump.
Waters offered zero evidence for this claim, however.
A partial transcript of the interview is as follows:
ANCHOR: "Tell me congresswoman whether or not you think the influence of the president is the primary factor, is it an abetting factor?
"These things that have gone on with black folk and law enforcement are not new of January 20, 2017.
"How much do you put this directly on the president, and how much of this deep systemic stuff that we haven’t quite dealt with yet?"
REP. MAXINE WATERS: "It’s a combination of both.
"This president has certainly been responsible for dog-whistling for much of that constituency that empowers him and tells them get tough and he tells police officers to be rough on those that they arrest.
"He has basically undermined John Lewis, one of our civil rights leaders in Congress, and talking about his district by basically saying we live in rat holes.
"He has disparaged blacks in so many ways.
"All that stuff about loving blacks is so disingenuous.
"Nobody believes that. He’s such a liar. He cannot be trusted.
"And yes, I think he has emboldened those who are racist.
"He’s emboldened police officers to be nastier, tough, to do things like the chokehold. I believe all of that."
Waters was doubling down on her previous claims that the president is to blame for "cops killing black people."
After his death, Waters said: “My first thought was, ‘Not again. Not one more killing.’
“I’m reflecting on all of the killings of young black men in particular, but of course black women too, at the hands of the police and at the hands of these white supremacists.”
“And I’m thinking about the way that the president conducts himself — in a way he’s dog-whistling — and I think that they’re feeling that they can get away with this kind of treatment.”