Pelosi Defends Waters for 'Confrontational' Remark: 'She Shouldn't Apologize'
House speaker says comments were in 'manner of the civil rights movement'
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed Rep. Maxine Waters remarks, urging Black Lives Matter protesters to "get more confrontational," were nothing to apologize for.
Waters told protesters in Minnesota to "stay on the street and get more active."
Pelosi was asked if Waters should apologize for making the remarks.
"No, she doesn't," Pelosi said.
"Maxine talked about confrontation in the manner of the civil rights movement."
"I, myself, think we should take our lead from the George Floyd family," Pelosi continued.
"They've handled this with great dignity, and no ambiguity or lack of — misinterpretation by the other side," Pelosi said.
"No, I don't think she should apologize."
When asked if Water's comments could incite violence, Pelosi replied:
"No, absolutely not."
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.
"I’m going to fight with all of the people who stand for justice," Waters told reporters shortly before an 11 p.m. curfew.
"We’ve got to get justice in this country, and we cannot allow these killings to continue."
Waters has claimed she was “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 drew backlash from House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, who pressed Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to take action against Waters for "inciting violence."