Maxine Waters, a California Democratic Congresswoman with a long history of fanning the flames of civil unrest, has once again immersed herself in the midst of rioting with a call for more ‘confrontation.’
On Saturday, Maxine Waters was in Minnesota, where she was doing her utmost to stoke the mob into what she has referred to as an “insurrection.”
“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. The Democratic Party has repeatedly accused former President Donald Trump of using the language of incitement, particularly during a speech given at the same time as the planned siege of the Capitol Building.
In Trump’s speech on January 6th, he explicitly told the crowd to “peacefully” and “respectfully” protest. His references to ‘fighting’ are common place in U.S. politics. In fact, Maxine Waters told the crowd to “fight for justice” on Saturday night. Regardless, House Democrats impeached the sitting president for “incitement of insurrection.”
Maxine Waters’ has an extensive history encouraging radicals to escalate their confrontation of their political enemies. In 2018, she called for personal ongoing harrassment of Trump supporters.
“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up,” Waters said. “And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
But one of Rep. Waters most high-profile moments was her call for “insurrection” during the 1992 L.A. Riots following the acquittal of officers who had beaten Rodney King, along with the 1991 killing of 15-year-old Latasha Harlins. The L.A. riots led to the deaths of nine people and dozens of people were injured.
“There are those who would like for me and others and all of us to tell people to go inside, to be peaceful, that they have to accept the verdict,” she said at the time. “I accept the responsibility of asking people not to endanger their lives. I am not asking people not to be angry.”
“I am angry and I have a right to that anger and the people out there have a right to that anger,” she continued. “There are some angry people in America and young black males in my district are feeling, at this moment, if they could not get a conviction with the Rodney King video available to the jurors, that there can be no justice in America.”
“What I tried to do was take it out of the discussion of ‘these are just no good, crazy rioting people’ and to talk about what I call an insurrection, which made a lot of white people mad,” Waters explained to the Huffington Post in 2017.
Waters also accused Donald Trump of being guilty of “premeditated murder” and of attempting to start a “civil war.” Waters said Trump should be stopped “dead in his tracks” and she also called to “take Trump out.”
The California Representatives’ comments come as Minneapolis and the rest of the nation brace for the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial. Many cities around the country are already experiencing civil unrest over the shootings of Daunte Wright in Minneapolis and 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago.
Riots have exploded in the Minneapolis area, leading to police confrontation and the looting of over 20 businesses. Maxine Waters nonetheless went directly to the scene of this criminal mayhem and used incendiary rhetoric to escalate the civil unrest. This is the “incitement” that the mainstream media and the Democratic Party have been looking for.
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