House Democrats blocked a censure of Rep. Maxine Waters on Tuesday that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy introduced to hold Waters accountable for inflammatory remarks that she made over the weekend related to the trial of Derek Chauvin.
“Democrats held firm in their support for Waters with all party members voting to ‘table,’ or kill, the censure resolution introduced by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, 216-210,” The Washington Post reported.
Prior to the vote, reports indicated that Democrat lawmakers were “so angry” with Rep. Maxine Waters over her comments from this past weekend that they might be willing to back the GOP-led effort to censure her.
McCarthy said during a Fox News interview on Monday night that he thought that there was somewhere between 10 and 15 Democrats who would vote to censure Waters over her remarks.
If censured, Waters would have been stripped of her position as chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee.
Waters said at a protest in Minnesota over the weekend that “protesters” were “looking for a guilty verdict,” and if they don’t get what they want, then “we cannot go away.” Regarding what “protesters” should do if they do not get the verdict that they want, Waters responded that activists have “got to stay on the street,” “get more active,” and “get more confrontational.”
Some Democrats grew angry with Waters’ reckless comments after Judge Peter Cahill, who presided over the case involving the death of George Floyd, slammed Waters on live television during closing arguments on Monday.
“Some Democrats conceded privately they are not pleased with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying that Waters shouldn’t apologize,” Fox News reporter Chad Pergram wrote.
“Fox is told that a lot of Democrats are angry at Waters, are concerned about the optics of potential violence being linked back to her and Democrats generally.”
Pergram noted that moderate Democrats were damaged during the election after far-left members of the party pushed the “defund the police” movement. The reason those Democrats are reportedly mad at Waters doesn’t appear to be based on any kind of moral conundrum they have with what she said, but rather because they are “concerned about the optics of potential violence being linked back to her and Democrats generally.”
McCarthy said in a statement over the weekend that he would take action against Waters if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to do so. On Monday, Pelosi said that she thought that Waters should not apologize, and McCarthy responded with a statement announcing that he would seek to censure Waters.
“This weekend in Minnesota, Maxine Waters broke the law by violating curfew and then incited violence. Increased unrest has already led to violence against law enforcement and her comments intentionally poured fuel on the fire. We’ve heard this type of violent rhetoric from Waters before, and the United States Congress must clearly and without reservation reprimand this behavior before more people get hurt. But Speaker Pelosi is ignoring Waters’ behavior. That’s why I am introducing a resolution to censure Rep. Waters for these dangerous comments, and I hope that all my colleagues – both Republican and Democrat – will stand up for peace on America’s streets,” McCarthy said in his statement.
Waters appeared to double down on her remarks during an interview on Monday, claiming without evidence that Republicans were attacking her because they were trying to raise money from the “KKK” and “white supremacists.”
“I am not worried that they’re going to continue to distort what I say. This is who they are and this is how they act,” Waters said without providing any evidence that her opponents had distorted the comments that she made. “And I’m not going to be bullied by them.”
Author: Hector Ramirez