Maine Waters is defiantly pushing back after the judge in police officer Derek Chauvin’s trial admonished her and threatened mistrial if she continued interfering in the high profile trial concerning George Floyd’s death.
“I’m aware that Congresswoman Waters was talking specifically about this trial, and about the unacceptability of anything less than a murder conviction, and talk about being ‘confrontational,’ ” Judge Peter Cahill said.
“Beyond the articles that we’re talking specifically about the facts of this case, a congresswoman’s opinion really doesn’t matter a whole lot,” Cahill said.
But, he did note that Waters may have provided the defense “something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned.”
BREAKING: Judge Cahill: "I will give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned,"
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) April 19, 2021
On Monday, Maxine Waters’ flippant reaction to Judge Cahill’s threat came to light.
Asked Rep. Maxine Waters as she was walking onto the House floor about gop criticism of her recent trial remarks. She told me: “The judge said my words don’t matter.”
The judge said her comments may have given the defense a reason for appeal, per a verbate.
— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) April 20, 2021
“Asked Rep. Maxine Waters as she was walking onto the House floor about gop criticism of her recent trial remarks,” Politico reporter Olivia Beavers said. “She told me: ‘The judge said my words don’t matter.’ The judge said her comments may have given the defense a reason for appeal, per a verbate.”
Obviously, her words do matter if they can become the basis for an appeal by the defense. This is similar to the Hillary Clinton “what difference does it make?” defense.
The escalation in civil discord in Minneapolis comes amidst both doubt about the conviction of Derek Chauvin and radical Democrats stoking further confrontation.
On Saturday, Maxine Waters had flown to Minnesota in the midst of a riot. Waters then used politically charged language to call for ‘mob justice.’
“So, yes, I would like to see the bill in Congress pass on police reform,” Maxine Waters said. “But I know that the right-wing, the racists are opposed to it. And I don’t know what’s going to happen to it. But I know this, we are going to have to stay in the street. And we are going to have to demand justice.”
The House Democrats passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in early March. The sweeping, radical legislation calls for the banning of all police ‘chokeholds,’ as well as ending qualified immunity for police officers. Senator Tim Scott, a Republican, also proposed a police reform bill in 2020, but Democrats refused to back it.
Maxine Waters was then pressed by a left-wing activist about taking action, rather than just “rhetoric.”
“We are looking for a guilty verdict,” Waters said. “We are looking for a guilty verdict. And we are looking to see if all of the talk that took place and has been taking place after they saw what happened to George Floyd. If nothing does not happen then we know.”
This is an obvious case of jury tampering and an effort to sway the verdict with political pressure and implied threats.
“We have got to not only stay in the street,” she added. “But we have got to fight for justice. But I am very hopeful and I hope that we are going to get a verdict that says ‘guilty, guilty, guilty.’ And if we don’t, then we cannot go away.”
She reacted to a left-wing activist that suggested the charge of ‘manslaughter’ was not good enough for a guilty verdict.
“Oh no, not manslaughter,” Waters replied. “No, no, no, no. Listen, listen. Guilty. For murder. I don’t know if it is in the first-degree, but as far as I am concerned, it is first-degree murder.”
When asked what people “should do” if the mob doesn’t get the justice it demands, Waters responded with a call to escalate the ‘confrontation.’
“We have got to stay on the street,” Waters said. “And we have got to get more active. We have got to get more confrontational. We have got to make sure they know that we mean business.”
This is as clear an example of “incitement” from a political leaders as it gets, short of direct commands for protesters to riot. Maxine Waters knew that the situation was volatile; indeed, she specifically called for additional police protection.
While House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy readies a censure resolution for Congresswoman Waters, Speaker Pelosi has already indicated that she couldn’t care less. Pelosi said she doesn’t even believe Waters should apologize.
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