House Republicans Want to Censure Rep. Maxine Waters

Dr. Munr Kazmir
5 min readApr 20, 2021

Will they get their wish?

U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters speaking with attendees at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention at the George R. Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California. June 1, 2019. (photo: Gage Skidmore)

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) demanded on Sunday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) take action against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) over remarks Waters made over the weekend.

“Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis — just as she has incited it in the past,” McCarthy said in a statement. “If Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week.”

Rep. Waters attended a protest on Saturday night in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, where police shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright last week. Waters’ remarks also come just days before a verdict will be reached in the Derek Chauvin case.

“We’re looking for a guilty verdict. We’re looking for a guilty verdict,” Waters said. “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, but I am very hopeful and 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 added that activists must “stay on the street.”

“We’ve got to stay on the street and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational,” Waters said. “We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”

“I’m going to fight with all of the people who stand for justice,” she added. “We’ve got to get justice in this country and we cannot allow these killings to continue.”

A ​number of prominent Republicans have condemned Rep. Waters for her remarks, including Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

“Democrats actively encouraging riots & violence,” Sen. Cruz wrote on Twitter Sunday. “They want to tear us apart. ‘We gotta stay on the street,’ Waters was recorded saying, adding that protesters needed ‘to get more confrontational’ & they should ignore the curfew in place.”