Rep. Maxine Waters is facing criticism from the GOP and a trial judge in the Derek Chauvin case after comments she made over the weekend. Waters, while speaking to a crowd in Minneapolis on Saturday, suggested that if a not guilty verdict is handed down, protesters should get “confrontational.”
” We know that we got to not only stay in the street, but we have got to fight for justice,” she said. “We’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”
Waters also suggested not following curfews.
“I don’t think anything about curfew. Curfew means I want you all to stop talking. I want you to stop meeting. I want you to stop gathering. I don’t agree with that.”
A judge in the case didn’t appreciate the congresswoman’s comments, saying her rhetoric could be grounds for a mistrial. From NBC:
Chauvin’s attorney asked the judge to declare a mistrial over Waters’ comments, arguing that she had prejudiced the jury. Judge Peter Cahill denied the request but said that Waters’ comments were “abhorrent” and that she may have handed the defense a lifeline anyway.
“I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned,” Cahill said as arguments concluded Monday and the jury began deliberations.
According to CBS News, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is introducing a resolution to censure Waters.
“This weekend in Minnesota, Maxine Waters broke the law by violating curfew and then incited violence,” McCarthy tweeted. “Speaker Pelosi is ignoring Waters’ behavior—that’s why I am introducing a resolution to censure Rep. Waters for these dangerous comments.”