House Democrats Block GOP Resolution to Censure Maxine Waters

Democrats in the House of Representatives have blocked a Republican-sponsored resolution to censure Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) over comments she made last weekend regarding the trial of former Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin.

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All 216 House Democrats voted to kill the measure that was introduced on Monday by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

“This weekend in Minnesota, Maxine Waters broke the law by violating curfew and then incited violence. Speaker Pelosi is ignoring Waters’ behavior—that’s why I am introducing a resolution to censure Rep. Waters for these dangerous comments,” McCarthy tweeted.

Waters, however, was never going to allow the GOP to intimidate her into silence – especially since there has been virtual radio silence from Republican lawmakers about the underage sex trafficking scandal involving Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL).

“I am not worried that they’re going to continue to distort what I say,” Waters told the Grio. “This is who they are and this is how they act. And I’m not going to be bullied by them.”

On Tuesday afternoon, a Minnesota jury found Chauvin guilty of involuntary second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and third-degree manslaughter for the 2020 death of George Floyd. Deliberations lasted only 12 hours.

Waters had told a gaggle of reporters that if Chauvin were to be acquitted that protests must continue – even intensify – until the criminal justice system stops killing unarmed Black civilians. Or, at the very least, holds cops accountable for using deadly force when it is not necessary.

“We’re looking for a guilty verdict. We’re looking for a guilty verdict, and we’re looking to see if all of the talk that took place and has been taking place after what happened to George Floyd. If nothing does not happen then we know that we’ve not only got to stay in the street but we’ve got to fight for justice,” Waters said.

“We’ve got to stay on the street, we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to be more confrontational, we’ve got to make sure they know we mean business,” she added.

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