Mere months ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed for—and ultimately succeeded in—impeaching former President Trump for, in her words, “inciting a riot” at his January 6th “Save America” rally.
Putting aside the fact that Trump never uttered a word calling for violence, Pelosi should at least be consistent in her standards for what constitutes “incitement.”
If she were to follow her own established standards, then Pelosi should immediately spearhead an effort to remove Congresswoman Maxine Waters from Congress after her inflammatory remarks at ground zero of the race riots in the Minneapolis area.
But Pelosi doesn’t think that Waters needs to apologize.
There are hypocrites, and then there is Nancy Pelosi.
As you probably have heard by now, Congresswoman Waters addressed a crowd on the streets of Minneapolis and called for unruly, confrontational behavior if former officer Derek Chauvin isn’t convicted of murdering George Floyd.
Waters said, “We’ve got to stay on the street, and we’ve got to get more active. We’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”
This statement generated significant criticism from across the aisle, and Republicans have begun calling for some form of official consequences for Waters’ statement.
But when asked if Waters should apologize, Pelosi said, “No, no, I don’t think she should apologize,” and then added that she didn’t think her comments would incite violence.
Oh, really? It’s amazing how she suddenly denies the link between words and violence given her reaction to Donald Trump’s statements in the lead-up to the January 6 Capitol Hill riots. Trump never uttered anything remotely along the lines of calling for his supporters to “stay on the street” or “get more confrontational.”
But do you know who agrees that Waters went too far? The judge overseeing the Derek Chauvin trial.
Judge Peter Cahill—who has thus far been more accommodating to the prosecution than the defense—agreed with Chauvin’s lawyers that Representative Waters’ comments could intimidate the jury and lead to the trial verdict being overturned on appeal.
Judge Cahill said yesterday that “I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned.”
He went onto add: “I’m aware that Congresswoman Waters was talking specifically about this trial and about the unacceptability of anything less than a murder conviction and talk about being confrontational.
This goes back to what I’ve been saying from the beginning. 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. 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 co-equal branch of government.”
These are dangerous times in our country, and Maxine Waters shouldn’t be out there preaching against due process and undermining our Constitutional system of government.
Members of Congress shouldn’t be pre-judging a trial verdict in public and then threatening street confrontations if the verdict that is returned doesn’t satisfy her.
Speaker Pelosi, if she truly believes in her duty to defend the Constitution, should recognize this, and should have Waters censured or removed from Congress altogether.
Pelosi hides behind the Constitution when she thinks it supports her beliefs—like during the Trump impeachments— but then discards it most of the time, as we are now seeing with her comments about Maxine Waters.
Our Constitutional system is under attack and our elected leaders like Pelosi and Waters, who took an oath to defend the Constitution, are instead actively participating in its demise.
They couldn’t care less, and the country is less safe because of them.
So much for unity in Biden’s America.