Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) spoke to a gathering of rioters in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on Sunday and encouraged them to cause more violence if they do not get the outcome they like in the trial of Derek Chauvin, as reported by the Daily Caller.
The radical Democrat, wearing a mask and goggles, falsely declared that Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was guilty of “murder” in the death of George Floyd last year. Floyd died in police custody after being arrested by Chauvin and three other officers for erratic behavior that was consistent with being under the influence of drugs; the autopsy report later confirmed that Floyd did indeed die of a fentanyl overdose.
“We’ve got to stay on the street,” Waters said, “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 was speaking at a riot that was ostensibly happening in response to the more recent death of Daunte Wright, who was killed by a police officer when she accidentally reached for her firearm instead of her taser; Wright had a criminal history that included a then-pending case for aggravated robbery, and had an outstanding warrant for his arrest at the time he was shot.
Floyd’s death last year sparked nationwide race riots, which led to many American cities burning, hundreds of businesses being looted and destroyed, and dozens of statues and other monuments around the country being vandalized or torn down. At least 25 people were killed in the riots, and the estimated damages reached around $2 billion.
This is not the first time Waters has publicly called for violence against political opponents. In 2018, while speaking to supporters in Los Angeles through a megaphone, Waters encouraged her followers to harass and mob Trump supporters and Trump Administration officials if they were seen in public.
“If you see anybody from that Cabinet,” Waters said, “you get out and you create a crowd, and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome.”