When California Congresswoman Maxine Water broke curfew in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, the city where officials locked down their community after the Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a police officer for resisted arrest and lunging back into his vehicle, no one would expect that Waters would call for residents to continue their violent protests after the shooting.
“You’ve got to be more confrontational. You got to make sure that they know we mean business,” stated Rep. Waters.
Waters’ inciting remarks have widely denounced by Republicans across the nation, but not from Democrats, who appear to refuse to denounce the controversial Waters’ statement, but did rebuke former President Donald Trump who told supporters to go to the Capitol and let themselves be heard.
That same day, several hundred individuals stormed the U.S. Capitol, caused damage, and assaulted Capitol Police, leading to the death of two officers.
Mum is the word from Floridian’s like Reps. Stephanie Murphy, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel, and Kathy Castor, but not from Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said that Waters didn’t need to apologize when asked by reporters if the California congresswoman should apologize for saying what she said.
Rep. Deutch has defended Portland rioters and blamed the “secret police” for inciting violent unrest in that city.
“No, she doesn’t,” Pelosi said. “Maxine talked about the confrontation in the manner of the civil rights movement.”
“I, myself, think we should take our lead from the George Floyd family,” Pelosi continued. “They’ve handled this with great dignity, and no ambiguity or lack of — misinterpretation by the other side.”
She added: “No, I don’t think she should apologize.”
But the incident for which Waters traveled to Minnesota for had nothing to do with George Floyd’s death, rather the shooting of the aforementioned Daunte Wright, who was wanted by police on an attempted murder charge.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R) threatened to “bring action to the floor” if Speaker Pelosi did not “act against this dangerous rhetoric” from Waters, but Waters shrugged it all off, saying that she was not going to allow Republicans to bully her.
“This is who they are and this is how they act,” Wates told The Grio. “And I’m not going to be bullied by them.”
Waters also stayed true to her divisive reputation and called Republicans racists.
“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 of 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,” Waters said.
Waters’ “calling us violent” remark could be a reference to all Black Americans that continue to protest “social injustice” and “police brutality” since the death of Trayvon Martin in Florida.
Since Martin’s death, Black Lives Matter, and thousands of Black Americans have taken to the street to peacefully protests, but thousands more have rioted and looted, causing harm and killing everyday Americans, even killing police officers.
The Black Lives Matter riots of 2020 killed 30 people