McCarthy Vows to Take Down Maxine Waters for 'Inciting Violence'
House GOP leader warns he will 'take action' if Nancy Pelosi refuses
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy has responded to the outrage triggered by Rep. Maxine Waters' (D-CA) calls for Black Lives Matter protesters to turn violent over the weekend.
On Sunday night, Rep. McCarthy (R-CA) pressed Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to take action against Waters for "inciting violence."
During remarks in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Saturday night, Waters was filmed urging protesters to ignore curfew and "get more confrontational"
Waters appeared to be encouraging violence in Minnesota if a jury does not find former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty in his trial in the death of George Floyd.
The California Democrat made the call to action just one day after protests descended into violent rioting and looting.
In response, McCarthy vowed to "take action" against Waters if Pelosi fails to act.
"Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis — just as she has incited it in the past,” McCarthy said in a statement.
"If Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week.”
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
Waters made the calls while attending a protest on Saturday night in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, where police shot and killed a man last week after he tried to flee while being arrested.
Waters’ remarks also come just days before a verdict will be reached in the Derek Chauvin case involving the death of George Floyd.
Rep. Maxine Waters showed up at the protest tonight in Brooklyn Center, telling people "we've got to get more confrontational" and suggesting they should ignore the curfew. pic.twitter.com/4FcfhIoaJf— Alpha News (@AlphaNewsMN) April 18, 2021
"We’re looking for a guilty verdict,” Waters said.
"We’re looking for a guilty verdict.
"And we’re looking to see if all of this [inaudible] that took place and has been taking place after they saw what happened to George Floyd.
“If nothing does not happen, then we know, that we’ve got to not only stay in the street, but we’ve got to fight for justice, but I am very hopefully and I hope that we’re going to get a verdict that will say guilty, guilty, guilty.
"And if we don’t, we cannot go away.”
When asked about what activists should do if Chauvin is not convicted, Waters said that they must break curfew and “stay on the street.”
“And we’ve got to get more active,” she said.
"[We’ve] got to get more confrontational.
“[We’ve] got to make sure that they know we mean business.”
The New York Post Editorial Board said that Waters was “trying to create a Civil War” and urged that Pelosi (D-CA) “should strip her of her committee assignments and move for a vote to remove Waters from office.”
Notable elected officials and political commentators also slammed Waters over her remarks:
- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX): “Democrats actively encouraging riots & violence. They want to tear us apart.” “‘We gotta stay on the street,’ Waters was recorded saying, adding that protesters needed ‘to get more confrontational’ & they should ignore the curfew in place.”
- Matt Walsh, podcast host: “Maxine Waters is trying to intimidate a jury to influence the outcome of a murder trial. Every elected Republican in the country should be calling for her immediate arrest and removal from congress.”
- Steven Crowder, podcast host: “If Trump was removed from Twitter AND Facebook for ‘inciting violence’ then Maxine Waters needs to be federally charged and impeached.”
- Bryan Dean Wright, Democrat and former CIA officer: “Maxine Waters is a threat to the Republic.”
- Gerry Callahan, podcast host: “Donald Trump was impeached and banned from all social media platforms for less.”
- Kurt Schlichter, attorney and columnist: “This is an insurrection.”
- Tim Pool, podcast host: “Maxine Waters says that Chauvin premeditated the murder of George Floyd and that if Chauvin is not convicted [of] a crime he wasn’t charged with they should get ‘more confrontational[.]’ More confrontational than burning down buildings?”