‘I was shot because of this kind of dangerous rhetoric’: Scalise slams Waters for recent comments

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) blasted Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.) for recent comments she made which Republicans have argued amount to inciting violence.

“Let’s be clear: Maxine Waters knew her rhetoric would incite violence in Minneapolis—but she doesn’t care, she just requests police escorts for herself,” Scalise tweeted Monday.

The Louisiana Republican also brought up how he was shot during a 2017 Republican practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game, saying, “I was shot because of this kind of dangerous rhetoric. Where is the outrage from Dems & the media? They need to condemn this.”

This past weekend, Waters visited Brooklyn Center, Minnesota to join the ongoing protests against the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright by a police officer. While there, the 15-term congresswoman commented on the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the May 2020 death of George Floyd that sparked protests across the nation and the world against police brutality and systemic racism.

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“[Protestors] got to stay on the street and we have got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational,” Waters said about if Chauvin is acquitted on murder charges. “We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”

She also said that protestors “have got to fight for justice.”

While Republicans across the board have been criticizing Waters for her comments, high-profile Democrats such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) have defended her.

“No [she shouldn’t apologize], Maxine talked about confrontation in the manner of the Civil Rights movement,” Pelosi told reporters on Monday, according to The New York Post. She also accused Republicans of taking Waters’ comments out of context.

Waters has stood by her comments, telling The Grio: “I am nonviolent.”

“Republicans will jump on any word, any line and try to make it fit their message and their cause for denouncing us and denying us, basically calling us violent — any time they see an opportunity to seize on a word, so they do it and they send a message to all of the white supremacists, the KKK, the Oath Keepers, the [Proud] Boys and all of that, how this is a time for [Republicans] to raise money on [Democrats’] backs,” she said.

On Monday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced that he intends to introduce a resolution to censure the California Democrat, tweeting: “This weekend in Minnesota, Maxine Waters broke the law by violating curfew and then incited violence. Speaker Pelosi is ignoring Waters’ behavior—that’s why I am introducing a resolution to censure Rep. Waters for these dangerous comments.”

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