(USA Features) House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy vowed Sunday to “bring action” against Rep. Maxine Waters if her California Democratic colleague, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, won’t for allegedly “inciting violence” with comments she made in Minnesota over the weekend.
McCarthy, a California Republican, was responding to comments Waters made in a video clip that went viral online.
“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.”
McCarthy, who stands to take over the Speaker’s gavel if Republicans take the House back in 2022, pledged to “act against this dangerous rhetoric” if Pelosi doesn’t, given the volatile situation in and around Minneapolis following the police shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright last week and the ongoing trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who has been charged with murdering George Floyd.
“Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis—just as she has incited it in the past,” McCarthy said on Twitter. “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 also told reporters on Saturday that she is “going to fight with all of the people who stand for justice,” adding, “We’ve got to get justice in this country, and we cannot allow these killings to continue.”
Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter, who appeared to have mistaken her sidearm for her Taser, fired one shot into Wright as he resisted arrest following a traffic stop last week. She has since resigned, along with the department’s police chief.
“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 will say guilty, guilty, guilty,” Waters said Saturday, referring to Chauvin’s trial. “And if we don’t, we cannot go away.”
It’s not clear what actions McCarthy is planning to take, but other Republicans were outraged by Waters’ comments.
“Rep. Waters is a danger to our society,” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., wrote on Twitter.
“After traveling across state lines to incite riots, her orders recorded on video last night at the Brooklyn Center, directly led to more violence and a drive by shooting on National Guardsmen in Minnesota early this morning,” Taylor Greene added.
No Guard members were seriously injured in the shooting, though officials said two members were slightly hurt.