Maxine Waters created a political headache for Democrats when she recently went up to Minneapolis and incited violence by calling for more “confrontation.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy introduced a resolution to censure Maxine Waters.
But no one expected House Democrats to take this one vote on Maxine Waters so quickly.
After Maxine Waters incited violence over the weekend in Minneapolis, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy introduced a resolution to censure Maxine Waters for her incendiary rhetoric.
McCarthy noted that not only did Waters use incendiary rhetoric, but she also traveled across state lines to break a curfew.
Of course, since Democrats control the House, Nancy Pelosi had the votes to table McCarthy’s resolution.
However, given their slim majority, Pelosi couldn’t afford to lose more than two votes to table the resolution.
This made some political pundits and experts thinking that swing-district Democrats may vote against Pelosi’s motion to table the censure resolution in an effort to show independence from the far-left ahead of the midterm elections.
And after Judge Peter Cahill told Chauvin’s defense lawyers that Waters’ comments about taking to streets and getting confrontation could be solid grounds on appeal to have the conviction thrown out on the basis that Waters intimidated the jury, Fox News reported that the momentum on the Left to censure Waters was gaining steam.
“Fox is told that rank-and-file Democrats found what Waters said revolting. But that disgust among Democrats further metastasized after Hennepin, Minn., County Judge Peter Cahill – who is overseeing the Derek Chauvin murder trial – criticized Waters from the bench, describing her remarks as ‘disrespectful to the rule of law,’” Fox News reported.
Not only that, but Fox also added that swing-district Democrats were also worried they could be seen as condoning any potential violence that results from an acquittal if they circle the wagons around Waters.
“It could be argued that an effort to punish a member with something as severe as censure should first be adjudicated by the Ethics Committee. But Fox is told that a lot of Democrats are angry at Waters, are concerned about the optics of potential violence being linked back to her and Democrats generally. Don’t forget how many moderate Democrats were beside themselves following the midterms and the “defund the police” movement,” Fox News also reported.
In the end, Democrats moved much faster than anyone expected, and the House voted on party lines to table the censure resolution by a vote of 216-210.
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