Pelosi faces calls to resign after saying Maxine Waters doesn't need to apologize for 'inciting riot'
NANCY Pelosi is facing calls to resign after saying Maxine Waters doesn't need to apologize for allegedly inciting violence.
Georgia Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene has called for the House Speaker's retirement and California Rep Waters' expulsion from Congress.
The alleged violence-inciting comments came as Waters was speaking to a group of protesters in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, days after a 20-year-old black man, Daunte Wright, was fatally shot by a police officer.
Waters told the crowd, "We've got to make sure that they know we mean business."
She was speaking about Derek Chauvin's ongoing trial in Minneapolis, where the ex-cop is charged with murdering George Floyd.
Waters told protesters they needed to "stay on the streets" if Chauvin isn't found guilty and get "more active" and "more confrontational."
Speaker Pelosi was asked whether she believed Waters needed to apologize for the comments on Monday, and said, "No, she doesn't."
"Maxine talked about confrontation in the manner of the civil rights movement," Pelosi later said.
"I myself think we should take our lead from the George Floyd family. They've handled this with great dignity and no ambiguity or lack of — misinterpretation by the other side. No, I don't think she should apologize."
Several Republicans have slammed Waters for her comments, and now Rep Greene is calling for both Pelosi and Waters — both senior members of Congress — to be removed.
"[Speaker Pelosi] just endorsed [Maxine Waters'] orders to her BLM terrorist troops that directly led to a shooting at the National Guard," the first-term Congresswoman wrote on Twitter.
"She endorsed inciting violence, rioting, mayhem in the streets, and Americans being murdered like David Dorn #RetirePelosi #ExpelMaxineWaters."
Other Republicans have also mentioned a drive-by shooting — where Minnesota National Guard members and a police team were fired upon early Sunday morning — as the denounced Waters as well.
On the House floor on Monday, Michigan Rep Lisa McClain accused Waters of "openly [calling] for more confrontation in a Minneapolis suburb."
"That very night, there was a drive-by shooting in that community where police and the National Guardsmen were targeted," she went on.
"If this were reversed, if this was said by a Republican, you know that the majority in this chamber would move to strip that representative of their committees and possibly to expel them from Congress."
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