Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) could not have been plainer. Standing in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota – where rioting has broken out over the police shooting of Daunte Wright, a young black male stopped for a traffic violation – Waters said this when asked about the trial of Derek Chauvin, the latter the Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering George Floyd (bold print for emphasis supplied):
“We’ve got to stay on the street and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”
She also urged rioters to “stay in the streets.”
This as Minneapolis, braced for the Chauvin verdict, is described as a powder keg, city stores and buildings, including the courthouse where the trial is being held and the paper’s liberal paper the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, boarded up or encased in multiple layers of fences and razor wire, with the National Guard on the scene.
Got that? In a city that has already been wracked by violence and arrests, Waters was not asking for calm but instead inciting more violence. Insurrection.
Here’s the report from Brooklyn Center per Fox News:
“An emergency curfew was imposed by police Friday night as rioting escalated outside police headquarters, FOX 9 of Minneapolis reported. As of early Saturday, Public Safety Commission John Harrington estimated about 100 people had been arrested.
…Around 9:30 p.m., rioters breached a barrier surrounding the building, drawing a police response of flash bangs and pepper spray, the station reported. The gathering – which also included objects hurled at police – was declared an unlawful assembly soon after, according to FOX 9.”
Recall that in 2020 Minneapolis was the target of rioting that cost $350 million in damages, damaged or looted some 1300 private businesses or properties, destroying almost 100 of them. The adjoining city of St. Paul, which is also the state capital of Minnesota, had $82 million in damages, over 300 damaged buildings with over 30 destroyed outright when not seriously damaged. The record shows that by the beginning of June 2020 there had been 2 deaths, 604 arrests, and more than $500 million in damage to 1,500 properties.
None of this counts the death, destruction and damages inflicted on other major American cities both in 2020 and right this minute in 2021. As this is written Portland, Oregon is yet again ablaze, a Friday night riot resulting in buildings set on fire and windows of private businesses smashed.
On and on goes this orgy of violence. And what does this sitting Member of Congress have to say? In a visit to one of these war zones she demands the rioters be “more confrontational” and to “stay in the streets.”
Let’s cut to the chase. What Maxine Waters is doing is urging insurrection. She is deliberately, willfully inciting the mobs to violence.
So where is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi? At first, Pelosi was silent. Then Pelosi, the self-same Speaker who said President Trump’s January 6th speech urging peaceful and patriotic protest “incited an armed rebellion against our common country” – and therefore Trump “had to go” – made a point of backing Waters and her comments.
By Pelosi’s own standards, Waters’ is out there inciting violence and insurrection, or, to use Pelosi’s own words, Congresswoman Maxine Waters has “incited an armed rebellion against our common country.”
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy got it. On Monday he tweeted, as headlined and reported in The Washington Examiner:
McCarthy warns Pelosi to take action on Maxine Waters ‘inciting violence in Minneapolis,’ or he will
McCarthy’s tweet said this:
“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.”
Not long after that tweet, Pelosi responded, telling CNN in answer to a question of whether Waters owes an apology:
“No, she doesn’t. Absolutely not.”
In a blink, McCarthy acted. In an exclusive with Breitbart McCarthy’s reaction was headlined this way:
Exclusive – Kevin McCarthy Moves to Formally Censure Maxine Waters
‘Broke the Law,’ ‘Incited Violence’
Said McCarthy in his statement:
“This weekend in Minnesota, Maxine Waters broke the law by violating curfew and then incited violence. Increased unrest has already led to violence against law enforcement and her comments intentionally poured fuel on the fire. We’ve heard this type of violent rhetoric from Waters before, and the United States Congress must clearly and without reservation reprimand this behavior before more people get hurt. But Speaker Pelosi is ignoring Waters’ behavior. That’s why I am introducing a resolution to censure Rep. Waters for these dangerous comments, and I hope that all my colleagues – both Republican and Democrat – will stand up for peace on America’s streets.”
Added Texas Senator Ted Cruz:
“Democrats actively encouraging riots & violence. They want to tear us apart.”
The question now should be: Is it time to censure not only Waters – but Pelosi herself?