A chorus of Republicans blasted Rep. Maxine Waters Sunday for telling angry protesters to “stay in the streets” and “get more confrontational” during the seven-straight night of unrest in Minnesota — saying the California Democrat’s fiery comments could incite violence in a state already on edge.
Waters stood alongside demonstrators in Brooklyn Center early Sunday morning –breaking a curfew set by police — to encourage them to make their voices heard following the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright and ahead of as closing arguments in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd.
“We’ve got to stay in the streets, and we’ve got to demand justice,” she urged the crowd, who earlier had been chanting: “No good cops in a racist system!” “F–K your curfew!” and “No justice, no peace!”
“We’re looking for a guilty verdict” in the Chauvin case, Waters said. “And if we don’t, we cannot go away, we’ve got to get more confrontational.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Waters’ remarks are a reflection of the Democratic Party’s overall agenda.
“Democrats actively encouraging riots & violence. They want to tear us apart. ‘We gotta stay on the street,’ Waters was recorded saying, adding that protesters needed ‘to get more confrontational’ & they should ignore the curfew in place,” Cruz said on Twitter.
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) questioned why Waters traveled from California to Minnesota.
“Why is Maxine Waters traveling to a different state trying to incite a riot? What good can come from this?” she asked in a Twitter post.
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) slammed Waters — who in 2018 encouraged her supporters to harass members of then-President Donald Trump’s Cabinet — arguing that she is just reacting to the Democratic base.
“The Radical Left don’t care if your towns are burning, if there’s violence in your streets, or if the police are too defunded to defend their communities,” Biggs said on Twitter. “As long as the Left appeases their anti-America base, their job is done.”
During an appearance Sunday on MSNBC, Waters, 82, said she went to Minnesota “kind of as Aunty Maxine” to show support for the protesters and to let them know “they can count on me to be with them at this terrible time in all of our lives.”
“They see their peers being killed. Minneapolis is a great example of what’s wrong with the criminal justice system, what’s wrong with policing. And so those of us who hold significant positions must stand up,” she said.
“We must support them. We must speak out. We must call for justice,” she continued.
Wright, 20, was fatally shot during a traffic stop April 11 by former Brooklyn Center Officer Kim Potter, who claims she mistook her service pistol for a Taser.
Potter resigned and has been charged with manslaughter.
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