While speaking to protesters in Minnesota on Saturday night, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) hurled language that could be perceived as incendiary. Waters launched into a fiery rant during an appearance in Brooklyn Center, where she commanded protesters to "get more confrontational" if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is not found guilty of murdering George Floyd.
"We're looking for a guilty verdict," Waters said of the Chauvin trial. "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," Waters continued. "But I am very hopeful, that I hope that we're going to get a verdict that will say, 'Guilty, guilty, guilty!' And if we don't, we cannot go away."
Waters ranted to angry demonstrators who had gathered to call for justice in the police shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright. The Democratic representative from California told the Minnesota crowd that "we are looking for a guilty verdict" in the trial of Derek Chauvin, who is charged with second and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd.
A reporter asked if Chauvin was guilty of manslaughter, Waters reacted by saying, "Oh no, not manslaughter, this is guilty for murder. I don't know whether it's in the first degree, but as far as I'm concerned it's first-degree murder."
Waters was also asked what protesters should do if Chauvin is not found guilty of murder.
"Well, we got to stay on the street," Waters told protesters. "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."
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Waters also said that she didn't comply with curfews implemented by law enforcement.
"I don't think anything about curfew. I don't know what curfew means," Waters stated. "Curfew means that I want you all to stop talking. I want you to stop meeting. I want you stop gathering. I don't agree with that."
When Waters was asked if she was going to stay out past curfew to demonstrate with protesters, she responded, "I'm not gonna stay out here. I came here from Washington just to be here to make sure that I let my voice be heard among all of those who have been putting so much time on the street. And so I am hopeful that the protests continue."
There was an 11 p.m. curfew in Brooklyn Center on Saturday night, which was the seventh night of protests against the police killing of Wright. There were 136 arrests made Friday night in connection with protests outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department, according to law enforcement.
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) slammed Waters for her dangerous rhetoric.
"Democrats actively encouraging riots & violence," Cruz wrote on Twitter. "They want to tear us apart."
Democrats actively encouraging riots & violence. They want to tear us apart. “'We gotta stay on the street,' Wat… https://t.co/SdJslGdKea— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1618751756.0
Rep Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) asked, "Why is Maxine Waters traveling to a different state trying to incite a riot? What good can come from this?"
This isn't the first time that Waters has been accused of spewing rhetoric that could incite violence.
In June 2018, Waters delivered a fiery speech where she instructed members of the "Resistance" to harass staffers of the Trump administration.
"Let's make sure we show up wherever we have to show up and if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere," Waters commaned.
Maxine Waters calls for attacks on Trump administration: "If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in… https://t.co/z7vSo7lkcp— Ryan Saavedra (@Ryan Saavedra) 1529871853.0