In the wake of comments about the Derek Chauvin trial made over the weekend by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) that many believe were inflammatory and completely inappropriate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was heavily criticized by Republican House members for defending Waters.
According to Fox News, Rep. Lisa McClain (R-MI) took Pelosi to task in a back-and-forth after Pelosi referred to McClain as “that woman,” which happened after McClain criticized Democrats for the very obvious double standard in holding members accountable for their words.
At the crux of McClain’s complaint is that Pelosi and other Democratic leaders looked the other way after Waters called for more confrontation and a call to stay in the streets before the Chauvin trial verdict was announced. McClain argued that if the roles were reversed and a Republican made similar remarks, they’d likely already be on their way out of Congress.
The Michigan Republican slammed the Speaker for holding her party to a “lower standard” in such cases, arguing that Democrats spent considerable time and energy attempt to punish former President Donald Trump and freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for their remarks.
“The Democrats have set a standard and all I’m asking is Madam Speaker, don’t you think we both should play by the same rules?” McClain said.
Pelosi, in an attempt to turn the tables, criticized McClain for slamming Waters, telling The Hill “That woman on the floor should be apologizing for what she said,” which was a reference to McClain.
McClain fired back in a tweet, reminding Pelosi of who she was and what her name is, in no uncertain terms, while refusing to apologize for criticizing Waters’ inflammatory remarks.
— Representative Lisa McClain (@RepLisaMcClain) April 19, 2021
On Tuesday, according to CBS News, Waters was saved from being formally censured in a narrow, 216-210 vote, thanks to a party-line vote blocking House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s attempt to punish Waters for what she said with regard to calling for more protests.