“Maxine spoke about the confrontation in the manner of the civil rights movement,” Pelosi said. “I myself think we should take inspiration from the George Floyd family. They handled it with great dignity.
Republicans were quick to respond after Waters made his comments. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) On Sunday said she would present a resolution to expel Waters from Congress, an effort that will likely fail in a Democratic-led House. Later that day, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Twitter that he would take action against Waters if Pelosi didn’t.
“Maxine Waters incites violence in Minneapolis – just as she incited it in the past”, McCarthy wrote. “If President Pelosi does not act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will act this week.”
GOP lawmakers also visited the Senate and House on Monday to express their displeasure with Waters’ behavior.
“It’s harder to imagine anything more inappropriate than a congressman coming from California to inform local leaders, not so subtly, that this defendant had better be convicted or there will be big problems on the streets, ”Senate Minority Leader Mitch Dit McConnell said.
Rep. Lisa McClain (R-Mich.) Said in a ground speech that if a Republican did what Waters did, Democrats would move on to strip that lawmaker of their committee duties and eventually kick them out of Congress. Instead of apologizing to Waters, Pelosi later told a reporter, “That woman on the floor should apologize for what she said.
Waters said to Grio Monday that his remarks focused on “confronting the justice system, confronting law enforcement,” through legislation and “speaking out.”
“I am not afraid that they will continue to distort what I am saying,” she said. “This is who they are and how they act. And I won’t be intimidated by them.
The Californian Democrat has a reputation for being outspoken, which drew the ire of President Donald Trump, who called him “an extraordinarily low IQ person” while in office. Waters, in turn, called the former president a “monster” and “incompetent idiot” on Twitter.
She also drew attention last week to a difficult exchange with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who she said was intimidating Anthony Fauci as he testified at a House coronavirus subcommittee hearing.
“Your time is up, sir,” she said to Jordan, who continued to speak after his interrogation time expired. “You must respect the chair and close your mouth.”