Though Democrats have long been known for their pragmatic – albeit utterly dishonest – ability to close ranks and unabashedly defend party members who commit the same sort of conduct for which Republicans are routinely canceled, liberal leadership may have just sunk to a new, nakedly hypocritical low.
As the Washington Examiner reports, reacting to remarks made by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) urging Minnesota protestors to “get more confrontational” if dissatisfied with the verdict in the Derek Chauvin case, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) declared that no apology from the congresswoman was warranted and that her comments did not incite unrest, despite conservative warnings that thay they could provoke fatal violence in the coming days.
The controversy unfolded after Waters traveled to Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on Saturday to join demonstrators protesting the police-involved death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright earlier this month. Though expressing her hope that Chauvin would imminently be found “guilty, guilty, guilty,” of murdering George Floyd last May, the 82-year-old Democrat also suggested that if he is acquitted, those upset with the outcome need to “stay on the street…get more active…get more confrontational,” as Fox News noted.
Waters’ comments prompted a deluge of criticism from Republicans, with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) pledging to introduce a resolution censuring the California congresswoman — which Democrats successfully blocked on Tuesday afternoon — and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) going a step further by calling for her expulsion from the chamber for “traveling across state lines to incite riots.”
Pelosi, for her part, apparently found no fault with Waters’ conduct, telling reporters on Monday, “No, I don’t think she should apologize,” adding that “Maxine talked about confrontation in the manner of the civil rights movement. When asked if she believed that Waters’ words served to incite deadly violence or rioting of the type seen in the Minneapolis region throughout the past year, she said simply, “No, absolutely not,” according to the Examiner.
Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill, while presiding over the Chauvin trial, blasted Waters’ “disrespectful” statements during a court proceeding Monday, telling one of the defense attorneys in the case, “I’ll give you that Congressman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned,” as NBC News reported, though he denied a motion for a mistrial based on what she said.
Amid the deluge of criticism from conservatives, Waters remained unmoved, stating on Monday, “[Judge Cahill] says my words don’t matter,” in an apparent denial of the notion that what she said could in any way be interpreted as encouraging lawlessness or unrest.
The positions taken by these two congresswomen since Saturday are curious, indeed, considering that back in January, they sought the impeachment of former President Donald Trump for encouraging his supporters to “peacefully and patriotically” voice their dissent on Jan. 6. At the time, Waters claimed that Trump’s words constituted incitement meant to “create a civil war,” and Pelosi hyperbolically said they might have even made him an accessory to murder.
Though GOP efforts to sanction Waters for her dangerous rhetoric never stood much of a chance of going anywhere, given Pelosi’s full-throated defense of her colleague, the entire episode is highly instructive of the shameful – yet regrettably effective – ways in which Democrats willingly engage in whatever acts of hypocrisy prove necessary to keep their narratives alive.