California left-wing Rep. Maxine Waters (D) cannot get out of her own way — or the way of the judicial system and peaceful society.
Over the weekend, Waters hurled incendiary language during a rant during a protest in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, about the case of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin for his role in the death of George Floyd during an arrest.
But despite a statement from the judge in the case responding directly to the congresswoman's remarks and his admission that those words could be used to get the Chauvin trial tossed on appeal, Waters remained defiant and claimed that the judge had said her "words don't matter."
Water demanded Saturday during a rally that the Chauvin jury return a guilty verdict for murder, and told the crowd that if that didn't happen, then "we got to stay on the street, and we've got to get more active. You've got to get more confrontational. You got to make sure that they know we mean business."
Chauvin's lawyer, Eric Nelson, used Waters' remarks to ask for a mistrial: "It is so pervasive. I just don't know how this jury can really be said to be that they are free from the taint of this. Now that we have U.S. representatives threatening acts of violence in relation to this specific case, it's mind-boggling to me, judge!"
Judge Peter Cahill denied Nelson's request, but he did say that Waters' rhetoric could come back to bite the prosecution on appeal.
"I will give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned," Cahill said.
The judge continued to blast Waters' and her ilk's "abhorrent" and "disrespectful" manner of discussing the case.
"I wish elected officials would stop talking about this case especially in a manner that is disrespectful to the rule of law, and to the judicial branch and our function," Cahill said. "I think if they want to give their opinions they should do so in a respectful and in a manner that is consistent with their oath to the Constitution to respect a coequal branch of government."
"Their failure to do so is abhorrent!" he continued.
CNN's Manu Raju caught up with Waters shortly after Cahill made his remarks and asked her about the judge's direct rebuke of her language.
Raju reported that Waters said, "The judge says my words don't matter."
He pressed the lawmaker about Cahill saying that her rant could be grounds for appeal. She replied, "Oh no, no they didn't."
Just asked Maxine Waters about the judge’s rebuke of her words, and she said repeatedly: “The judge says my words d… https://t.co/EsRRuFEFsL— Manu Raju (@Manu Raju) 1618875725.0
Cahill did say, following his ripping of Waters' remarks, that, because he trusted the jury to not watch television, "a congresswoman's opinion really doesn't matter a whole lot anyway."
But he in no way let the radical left-wing congresswoman off the hook as she claimed to Raju.