GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has introduced a resolution to the House floor to censure Rep. Maxin Waters (D-CA) due to her inflammatory comments about Minnesota protesters, according to Fox News.
Waters caused a flurry when she encouraged protesters to “get more confrontational” if former police officer Derek Chauvin wasn’t found guilty of murder in the death of George Floyd.
House Democrats worked quickly to get the resolution tabled, voting along party lines 216 to 210 to avoid a vote on whether to reprimand the longtime lawmaker.
“Speaker Pelosi, and every other House Democrat, had the opportunity to condemn the violent rhetoric of our colleague Representative Waters, a chairwoman and senior member of Congress, to protestors to ‘get more confrontational,'” McCarthy said after the resolution vote.
“Instead, they condoned it. And the House and our justice system are worse off because of it.”
McCarthy wasn’t the only public figure incensed by Waters comments. The Minnesota judge presiding over the Chauvin case, Peter Cahill, denied the defense attorney’s request for a mistrial but sharply rebuked Waters for her remarks from the bench
Cahill called it “disrespectful to the rule of law” to speak the way she did and said Waters’ comments could have made a way for Chauvin to appeal and have the trial “overturned.”
McCarthy quoted Cahill in his resolution where he said “I think if they want to give their opinions, they should do so in a respectful, and in a manner that is consistent with their oath to the Constitution. To respect the coequal branch of government. Their failure to do so I think is abhorrent.”
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) weighed in supporting the resolution saying, “I’d like to see Maxine Waters apologize for the inflammatory comments that she’s made inciting violence. It’s a powder keg down there. The last thing you want to do is make it worse.”