Pelosi Says Maxine Waters Need Not Apologize After Calling For Violence

( California Democratic Representative Maxine Waters may have significantly impacted the criminal trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, but Nancy Pelosi somehow doesn’t see an issue with it.

On Sunday, Waters spoke to a group of journalists and protesters in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, where last week a 20-year-old Black man was shot and killed by a police officer. That city is located not far from where Chauvin is on trial for the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year.

Waters said:

“I hope that we are going to get a verdict that says, ‘guilty, guilty, guilty,’ and if we don’t, then we cannot go away. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”

Many people in the wake of those comments have said that Waters was inciting violence, and saying it would be OK for protesters to be violent if Chauvin is found not guilty.

Even the presiding judge in that case, Peter Cahill, denounced Waters by name, saying her comments were “abhorrent.” The defense team called for a mistrial following the comments, but Cahill denied that motion. He did say, however, that Waters’ comments alone could be grounds for a defense appeal if Chauvin were convicted.

During a floor speech Monday, Representative Lisa McClain, a Republican from Michigan, said:

“Once again, this weekend, we saw a member of the majority openly call for more confrontation in a Minneapolis suburb. That very night, there was a drive-by shooting in that community where police and the National Guardsmen were targeted.

“If this were reversed, if this was said by a Republican, you know that the majority in this chamber would move to strip that representative of their committees and possibly to expel them from Congress.”

McClain has great points, but the House Speaker was having none of that. Asked by a reporter whether Waters should apologize for what she said, Pelosi responded:

“No, she doesn’t. That woman on the floor (referring to McClain) should be apologizing for what she 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. They’ve handled this with great dignity and no ambiguity or lack of — misinterpretation by the other side. No, I don’t think she should apologize.”

Support like that from the leader of the Democrats only gave Waters more ammunition to double down on her atrocious statements. In an interview of her own Monday, Waters said that any Republican who was outraged at her comments were attempting to “send a message” to white supremacists.

She said:

“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 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.”