Waters Says She's 'Nonviolent' after Urging BLM Rioters to 'Get More Confrontational'
Democrat walks back violent rhetoric
Democrat Maxine Waters has claimed she is “nonviolent” following massive backlash after she called for Black Lives Matter protesters to “get more confrontational” if police officer Derek Chauvin is cleared in George Floyd’s death.
Waters triggered outrage after video footage emerged online over the weekend showing the congresswoman telling Black Lives Matter rioters to "get more confrontational."
On Saturday, Waters joined protesters in Minnesota as demonstrations over the death of Daunte Wright entered the seventh night.
Waters told the protesters at Brooklyn Center "to get more confrontational" while encouraging rioters to ignore the curfew - just one day after protests descended into violence and looting.
"I am not happy that we have talked about police reform for so long," Waters said.
“We’re looking for a guilty verdict,” Waters said of Chauvin.
“And we’re looking to see if all of the talks 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 hopeful, and I hope we are going to get a verdict that says ‘guilty, guilty, guilty.’ If we don’t, we cannot go away.”
Waters drew backlash from House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, who pressed Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to take action against Waters for "inciting violence."
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.”
“I am nonviolent,” Waters told TheGrio.
“Republicans will jump on any word, any line, and try to make it fit their message and their cause for denouncing us and denying us, basically calling us violent."
"Any time they see an opportunity to seize on a word, so they do it, and they send a message to all of the white supremacists, the KKK, the Oath Keepers, the [Proud] Boys and all of that, how this is a time for [Republicans] to raise money on [Democrats] backs,” she continued.
“This is a time for [Republicans] to keep telling our constituents that [Democrats] are the enemy, and they do that time and time again,” she added.
“But that does not deter me from speaking truth to power. I am not intimidated. I am not afraid, and I do what needs to be done.”
“I’m worried about the disappointment of particularly the young people and young Black males who are more and more frightened of the police, afraid to drive their cars when they see police coming and thinking that their lives will be in danger,” Waters stated.
“I’m afraid that it further helps to cement the feeling that somehow justice just does not work for us in America. And so whatever that causes, it will cause …
"I don’t know what will happen, but I know that disappointment and hopelessness is not a good thing.”