Racial tensions have been rising as the country awaited a verdict in the murder case against the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd, and incendiary comments made over the weekend by one Democrat congresswoman have prompted at least one popular pundit to call for that lawmaker’s ouster.
During Monday’s installment of Fox Nation’s Final Thoughts, commentator Tomi Lahren slammed Rep. Maxine Waters for encouraging protestors to “get more confrontational” if Derek Chauvin was not convicted of murder, arguing that those comments render her unfit to remain in Congress.
Lahren’s take came in the aftermath of Waters’ appearance in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on Saturday, where demonstrators had gathered in protest of the police-involved death of Daunte Wright earlier this month. The 82-year-old Democrat told those assembled that unless a verdict of “guilty, guilty, guilty” was rendered against Chauvin – the former officer accused of killing George Floyd last May – that they needed to “stay on the street…get more active…get more confrontational.”
In making those remarks, Lahren argued, Waters was “proudly, publicly and unapologetically inciting riots, violence, lawlessness and thuggery,” and the commentator further lamented that “[Waters’] party, the mainstream media, collective Left and big tech henchmen don’t see a thing wrong with it.”
Lahren went on to assert that Waters’ decision to cross state lines to encourage civic unrest and ignore the law is part of a larger plan to “divide us by race, by political party, by class and watch us battle and tear down one another,” and warrants her removal from Congress.
Sentiments about the egregiousness of the congresswoman’s remarks were echoed by a number of prominent Republicans on Monday, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who vowed to introduce a resolution to censure Waters for her conduct, as Politico noted, though Democrats successfully blocked that move on Tuesday afternoon.
McCarthy expressed his belief that the California Democrat “finds value in violence,” and pointed out that this was not the first time she had fomented unrest as a way to achieve political objectives, as Fox News separately reported. Indeed, back in 2018, she exhorted a crowd in her home state to “get in the face” of Trump administration members they encountered in public, and explained at an event in New York City that she felt “inspired to “go and take Trump out.”
Though McCarthy’s resolution only involved a censure of the liberal lawmaker, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene earlier expressed her intention of taking things a big step further by pledging a resolution of her own to expel Waters from Congress altogether, as Breitbart noted.
Given that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) made it known on Monday that she sees no reason for her colleague to apologize, there was never much chance that any Republican resolution to sanction Waters would gain sufficient traction for passage. Nevertheless, is important for the appalling hypocrisy of Democrats who take no issue with what Waters said – but impeached former President Trump for far less – to be called out as loudly and as often as possible.