House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is planning to introduce a resolution to censure congresswoman Maxine Waters. She had recently encouraged protesters to “stay on the street” and “get more confrontational” if there wasn’t a guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial. Chauvin has been charged with killing George Floyd by using excessive force. The former police officer has been charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Speaking to reporters during the weekend, Waters had said that Chauvin should be found guilty. Reporters asked her what should happen if the verdict came back as not guilty. She replied saying that the protesters should stay on the streets and that they should get more active and more confrontational so that they get to know that the protesters “mean business.”
On Monday, Waters remarked to the Grio that although she would not back down from her comments she said that she is “nonviolent.” She also accused Republicans of twisting her words and using them as a fundraising opportunity. She added that this was how Republicans sent a message to all of the white supremacists to raise money on [Democrats] backs.
Chauvin’s attorney had also seized the moment and asked for a mistrial. Judge Peter Cahill said that the Congresswoman Waters may have given the attorney something on appeal that may result in the whole trial being overturned.
He added that he wished that elected officials would stop talking about the George Floyd/Derek Chauvin case especially in a way that was “disrespectful to the rule of law.”
On Monday evening, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was ignoring Water’s behavior and that was the reason why he had introduced a resolution to censure Rep. Waters for “these dangerous comments.
The jury is currently deliberating but there’s no indication as to how long it will take for a verdict to be reached in the Derek Chauvin trial; for the death of George Floyd.