House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that Rep. Maxine Waters does not need to apologize and did not incite violence by calling to get “more confrontational” if police officer Derek Chauvin is not found guilty.
“No, I don’t think she should apologize,” Pelosi told the hill pool on Monday. “Maxine talked about confrontation in the manner of the civil rights movement.”
Asked whether the comments from Waters, a California Democratic congresswoman, incite violence, Pelosi said: “No, absolutely not.”
Waters this weekend traveled to Minnesota and joined in protests over the trial of Chauvin, who is charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter, in the death of George Floyd, a black man, last year. If there is not a “guilty, guilty, guilty” verdict, Waters said, “we’ve got to get more confrontational.”
Her comments prompted widespread outrage from Republicans. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Sunday that Waters was “inciting violence” and warned that “if Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week.” Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said that she will introduce a resolution to expel Waters from the House, a threat that has also been used against the first-term GOP lawmaker.
“That woman on the floor should be apologizing for what she said,” Pelosi told reporters, appearing to refer to Republican Michigan Rep. Lisa McClain, who gave a speech on the House floor criticizing Waters after Pelosi opened Monday’s session.
“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 — or misinterpretation by the other side,” Pelosi said.
Waters, an 82-year-old congresswoman who joined the House in 1991, has long been known for her incendiary statements.
Last week, during a committee hearing, she told Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, “You need to respect the chair and shut your mouth!”
Author: Emily Brooks
Source: Washington Examiner: Pelosi: No need for Maxine Waters to apologize because ‘more confrontational’ call did not incite violence