McCarthy slammed for threatening Maxine Waters with censure: 'She didn't incite an insurrection'
House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is under fire after threatening U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), the chair of the Financial Services Committee, with censure and claiming she "broke the law." Waters is being used by the right as a straw man after she traveled to Minnesota to speak with Black Lives Matter protestors and telling them they must continue confrontations.
"We've got to stay on the street and we've got to get more active, we've got to get more confrontational. We've got to make sure that they know that we mean business," Waters said on Saturday as activists protested the killing of 20-year old Daunte Wright by a Brooklyn Center police officer.
Waters on Monday clarified her remarks after right wing uproar.
"I talk about confronting the justice system, confronting the policing that's going on, I'm talking about speaking up. I'm talking about legislation. I'm talking about elected officials doing what needs to be done to control their budgets and to pass legislation."
But McCarthy and his far right wing extremists, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, went on the attack, with Greene saying she wanted to expel Waters.
"This weekend in Minnesota, Maxine Waters broke the law by violating curfew and then incited violence," McCarthy falsely claimed. "Speaker Pelosi is ignoring Waters' behavior—that's why I am introducing a resolution to censure Rep. Waters for these dangerous comments."
McCarthy's motion is being seen as pure partisan politics and fundraising fodder. Social media users were furious.
Hi congressman. Anything on censuring your members for trying to create a white nationalist caucus? Or what about M… https://t.co/IBelshJEOf— Joy-Ann Pro-Democracy & Masks Reid 😷 (@Joy-Ann Pro-Democracy & Masks Reid 😷)1618870039.0
@GOPLeader The same republican party voted against impeaching Trump for inciting violence and plotting a coup https://t.co/1WaETxwgwa— ERIC JEM🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊 (@ERIC JEM🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊)1618869437.0
You were saying? https://t.co/H8jKEMsgKf https://t.co/d7neFgKFpS— The Lincoln Project (@The Lincoln Project)1618872509.0
@GOPLeader She didn’t incite or support an insurrection or try to overturn the results of a valid election like you… https://t.co/gL82PKNVR1— Jinx in TN (@Jinx in TN)1618869678.0
@GOPLeader Didn’t Matt from Florida travel all the way to Liz Cheney’s home state to degrade his colleague? Hmmm— debbie hermens (@debbie hermens)1618870876.0
Insurrection-excuser and MAGA riot enabler Kevin McCarthy proposing to censure Maxine Waters is laughable. Take t… https://t.co/O96lz6ExmK— AJ (@AJ)1618872393.0
@TicklesD @GOPLeader He’s just deflecting so people miss the fact that Russia collusion was verified last week. https://t.co/Kn1MMh2FM8— 🌎🌍🌏 (@🌎🌍🌏)1618870766.0
Slap her on the hand if you think you must Kev, but you have guilty AF insurrectionists IN CONGRESS STILL Gaetz Ha… https://t.co/aMjYjqmwOm— Kelly D is Pfizerized (@Kelly D is Pfizerized)1618872619.0
These people are always quick to attempt to silence black women every chance they get. Shameful. But you cannot s… https://t.co/SAy8XbgACY— José Angel (@José Angel)1618870892.0
Sit this one out, Kevin. https://t.co/CM3Txfk4Id— Duncan Smith (@Duncan Smith)1618871060.0
You were there when riots happened at the Capitol, traitor. https://t.co/2JqH32enIJ— For the love of Falkor (@For the love of Falkor)1618871448.0
@GOPLeader This you with the Big Insurrectionist Liar, Kev? https://t.co/HsnJTKPQVZ— George "WEAR A MASK & WASH YOUR HANDS" Scriban (@George "WEAR A MASK & WASH YOUR HANDS" Scriban)1618871830.0
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