(USA Features) Rep. Maxine Waters is being heavily criticized for telling protesters in riot-weary Minneapolis to “get more confrontational” if former police officer Derek Chauvin is acquitted of murdering George Floyd.
Republicans quickly denounced her comments and accused her of stoking what is already an extremely volatile situation in Minneapolis and in cities around the country.
Waters made her comments on the seventh straight night of rioting and violence in the suburb of Brooklyn Center following the April 11 death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, who was shot by a now-former officer, Kim Potter, apparently after she mistook her sidearm for her Taser.
Nevertheless, Waters, a California Democrat, concentrated most of her comments on the Chauvin trial in neighboring Minneapolis.
“We’ve got to stay on the street, and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational,” she said, as shown on Unicorn Riot video. “We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”
Maxine Waters is marching in Brooklyn Center tonight and told people to take to the streets if Chauvin is acquitted
Republicans were stunned.
“Why is Maxine Waters traveling to a different state trying to incite a riot? What good can come from this?” tweeted freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo.
“Why is a sitting member of Congress urging protesters to get ‘confrontational’?” added her Colorado Republican colleague, Rep. Ken Buck.
“Maxine Waters is encouraging rioters who have burned buildings, looted stores, and assaulted journalists to ‘get more confrontational.’ Incredibly irresponsible,” Mike Berg, National Republican Congressional Committee deputy communications director, tweeted.
Waters added, “We’re looking for a guilty verdict. We’re looking to see if all of the talk that took place, and has been taking place after they saw what happened to George Floyd, if nothing does 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 that we’re going to get a verdict that is saying guilty, guilty, guilty, and if we don’t, we cannot go away.”