Over the weekend, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) was accused of inciting violence after she was caught on camera telling protesters in Minneapolis to “get more confrontational.”
Now, Waters is speaking out to claim that she is “nonviolent.”
“We’re looking for a guilty verdict,” Waters said in the clip, referring to the trial of Derek Chauvin.
“And we’re looking to see if all of the talk that took place and has been taking place after they saw what happened to George Floyd, if nothing does not happen, then we know that we’ve got to not only stay in the street, but we’ve got to fight for justice,” she added.
“But I am very hopeful, and I hope we are going to get a verdict that says ‘guilty, guilty, guilty.’ If we don’t, we cannot go away,” Waters concluded.
Republicans have since accused Waters of inciting violence, but she claims that she does not see her remarks as being like that.
“I am nonviolent,” Waters told The Grio.
She then tried to deflect by launching a deranged attack on Republicans.
“Republicans will jump on any word, any line and try to make it fit their message and their cause for denouncing us and denying us, basically calling us violent … any time they see an opportunity to seize on a word, so they do it and they send a message to all of the white supremacists, the KKK, the Oath Keepers, the [Proud] Boys and all of that, how this is a time for [Republicans] to raise money on [Democrats] backs,” she continued.
“This is a time for [Republicans] to keep telling our constituents that [Democrats] are the enemy and they do that time and time again,” Waters added. “But that does not deter me from speaking truth to power. I am not intimidated. I am not afraid, and I do what needs to be done.”
When asked if she is worried about the possibility of violence if Chauvin is found not guilty, Waters said that she is more worried about the possible “disappointment and hopelessness” black Americans will feel over such a ruling.
“I’m worried about the disappointment of particularly the young people and young Black males who are more and more frightened of the police, afraid to drive their cars when they see police coming and thinking that their lives will be in danger,” Waters explained.
“I’m afraid that it further helps to cement the feeling that somehow justice just does not work for us in America,” she continued. “And so whatever that causes, it will cause … I don’t know what will happen, but I know that disappointment and hopelessness is not a good thing.”
This piece was written by James Samson on April 19, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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