Lawmakers in Minnesota want to pass a bill that would disqualify convicted protesters from being able to receive federal aid, according to The Blaze.
A piece of the legislation reads, “A person convicted of a criminal offense related to the person’s illegal conduct at a protest, demonstration, rally, civil unrest, or march is ineligible for any type of state loan, grant, or assistance, including but not limited to college student loans and grants, rent andmortgage assistance, supplemental nutrition assistance, unemployment benefits and other employment assistance, Minnesota supplemental aid programs, business grants, medical assistance, general assistance, and energy assistance.”
Maxine Waters made controversial remarks at a gathering where she got very close to crossing lines of inciting harmful protests.
Waters said, “We got to stay on the street. And we’ve got to get more active. You’ve got to get more confrontational. You got to make sure that they know we mean business.”
Judge Peter Cahill said, “A congresswoman’s opinion really doesn’t matter a whole lot. Anyway.”
From The Blaze:
Bill also includes college loan grants, rent or mortgage assistance, and business grants.
A Minnesota state lawmaker wants to strip convicted protesters of their access to government programs, including food stamps, student loans, and health care.
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Republican state Sen. David Osmek authored the legislation as the nation awaits a decision in the jury trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was charged in the death of George Floyd.
After a long day of closing arguments, the jurors deliberated about four hours before retiring for the night to the hotel where they are being sequestered for this final phase of the trial, the Associated Press reported. They were slated to resume Tuesday morning.
Many called out Waters for the irresponsible comments, but the most damning response came from Judge Peter Cahill, who is presiding over the Chauvin trial. Cahill called the comments “abhorrent” while admonishing lawmakers to be more respectful to the judicial branch in accordance with their oath to defend the Constitution.
The Minnesota bill is not likely to pass with Democrats controlling the state House and the governor’s office.