Pelosi Defends Maxine Waters on Comments About Protesters Getting ‘Confrontational’: ‘No She Doesn’t’ Need to Apologize


Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended Congresswoman Maxine Waters Monday over her comments about the Derek Chauvin trial and saying “we’ve got to get more confrontational.”

Waters was in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, over the weekend, joining protesters who have gathered there in the last week following the police shooting of Daunte Wright. During the protest Waters said, “We’re looking for a guilty verdict 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.”

The California Democrat was asked about what protesters should do if there is not a guilty verdict. She responded, “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.”

Waters received a lot of criticized for those remarks, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in particular tweeted, “Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis — just as she has incited it in the past. If Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week.”

CNN’s Kaitlan Collins questioned White House press secretary Jen Psaki about Waters’ remarks and whether the president agrees.

On Monday afternoon Pelosi defended Waters’ remarks to reporters and said she was “absolutely not” inciting violence, just speaking of confrontation “in the matter of the Civil Rights movement.”

When asked if Waters needed to apologize for her comments, the Speaker responded, “No she doesn’t.”

Waters responded to the criticism in an interview with TheGrio, saying, “I talk about confronting the justice system, confronting the policing that’s going on, I’m talking about speaking up. I’m talking about legislation. I’m talking about elected officials doing what needs to be done to control their budgets and to pass legislation.”

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