On Sunday, Rep. Maxine Waters received severe pushback from Republicans for her call at a protest on Saturday night in Brooklyn Center MN for protesters to "get more confrontational."
Republicans responded vehemently to Waters' statements, which they considered to be inflammatory, to say the least.
She was speaking about Wright's death, and also the ongoing trial of Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd in May 2020, when she stated:
"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." She then went on to mention that "we cannot go away," if the officers aren't convicted for murder.
Republicans in Congress were quick to severely criticize Waters's comments:
"Why is a sitting member of Congress encouraging protesters to get 'confrontational?'" writes Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO)
"Why is Maxine Waters traveling to a different state trying to incite a riot? What good can come from this?" asked Rep. Laurn Boebert (R-CO)
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) tweeted, "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. As long as the Left appeases their anti-America base, their job is done."
Waters responded in an interview:
"We have to give support to our young people who are struggling and trying to make this justice system work for everybody. 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."
"I wanted to be there as auntie Maxine to show them, not only do I love them and support them, but they can count on me to be with them at this terrible time in all of our lives."