House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday that Rep. Maxine Waters does not have to apologize for the comments calling for "more confrontation" by protesters over the weekend.
“No, she doesn’t,” Pelosi said in response to a reporter’s question on whether Waters should apologize for making the remarks.
“Maxine talked about the confrontation in the manner of the civil rights movement,” Speaker Pelosi 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 … misinterpretation by the other side. No, I don’t think she should apologize.”
Pelosi responded when pressed further over whether Waters' comment could incite violence “No, absolutely not.”
Pelosi also said that the former Minneapolis police officer should receive a guilty verdict for the murder, which resulted in a sharp rebuke from the trial judge presiding over the Chauvin case.
The judge added that Rep. Waters’s comments could be grounds for appealing the verdict of Chauvin’s trial.
The White House attempted to distance itself from Waters with Press Secretary Jen Psaki by refusing to comment directly on the congressman's actions. Instead, Jen Psaki spoke generally about the protests, saying it was "the most American thing" to demonstrate against injustice.
Meanwhile, Republican Party raised concerns about Waters' comments, which came against a backdrop of violent riots and looting in the summer after the death of George Floyd.
In response to the judge's comments on Monday, Waters told a CNN reporter that “the judge says my words don't matter” and falsely claimed that the judge did not say his comments could be grounds for an appeal.
April 10, 2021
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