Dear U.S. Representative,
Controversial statements made by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) in Minnesota about the George Floyd murder trial could incite people to violence. The outspoken congresswoman called for protesters to "stay on the street," "fight for justice" and "get more confrontational" if former policeman Derek Chauvin is found not guilty of murdering Floyd.
Those comments rose from accusations of "inciting violence" to possibly affecting the outcome of the trial she was protesting. The defense team of former policeman Derek Chauvin, who's accused of murdering George Floyd, requested a mistrial based on Waters' statements. While denying the motion, trial Judge Peter Cahill said: "Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned."
CNN reports that this isn't the first time the California Democrat has created a firestorm of controversy: "Waters has come under sharp criticism in the past, including from fellow Democrats, for comments she has made about Republicans. She made headlines in 2018 when she encouraged supporters to harass Trump administration officials in public." CNN also recognizes: "The remarks come at a time of immense national tension amid several high-profile killings of Black people at the hands of police officers and as American cities brace for a fresh wave of protests."
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) condemned her comments as "dangerous rhetoric" and introduced a resolution to censure Rep. Waters and hold her accountable for her words and actions. I'm faxing today to urge you to support that resolution, censure the California Democrat and, even, expel her from Congress if she doesn't apologize. Please note that I am monitoring Representatives' responses to this important call to action. Thank you.
A Concerned, American Taxpayer
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