Maxine Waters told a large crowd that if Derek Chauvin is not found guilty protesters “got to stay in the streets” and “get more active, more confrontational,” according to Town Hall.
An arsonist throwing a match on a tinderbox of a nation.
Chauvin isn’t charged with 1st degree murder. I’m doubtful the state will meet burden for 2nd/3rd degree murder.
Waters sets impossible standard and calls for “confrontation” if it isn’t met.
— Will Cain (@willcain) April 18, 2021
Waters was guarded by a police escort at the time of making such remarks.
Kurt Schlichter said her comments and remarks didn’t go so far as to incite violence.
Schlichter said Waters’ statements didn’t meet the threshold for incitement according to the Brandenburg test.
“Politically and morally, this is a disaster for the Democrats,” Schlichter stated.
Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis — just as she has incited it in the past. If Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) April 19, 2021
From the pool. Pelosi says she doesn’t think Waters should apologize for her remarks about confrontation after the Chauvin verdict. Pelosi also said she didn't think Waters comments would incite violence.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) April 19, 2021
From Town Hall:
These words aimed at provoking Americans are apparently fine when the violent means may help the Democrats’ achieve their desired ends.
Rep. Waters has stoked unrest for most of her career. As Larry Elder recounted, she is known for making excuses for rioters pillaging Los Angeles in 1992, writing letters to apparent pen pal Fidel Castro urging him not to extradite a convicted cop killer in the 70s, and more recently calling for Trump Administration officials to be mobbed whenever they dare to show their faces in public.
While her call may not have crossed the line into “inciting or producing imminent lawless action” and being “likely to incite or produce such action,” Schlichter didn’t let Waters off the hook.
The effect of Waters’ latest call to confrontation and further unrest has not yet been fully seen, but just a day after she showed up in Brooklyn Center, members of the Minnesota National Guard were targeted in a drive-by shooting.
When it comes to potential accountability, the Democrats’ hypocrisy is made evident by the lack of condemnation from those in Waters’ party, including from the White House. Across the aisle, Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA) has promised action if Speaker Pelosi tries to sweep Rep. Waters’ most recent incident under the rug.