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

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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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BREAKING: Senate votes down both articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in party-line vote

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The Senate voted down two articles of impeachment Wednesday which alleged Department of Homeland Security Secretary  Alejandro Mayorkas engaged in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” regarding the southern border in his capacity as DHS secretary. The second claimed Mayorkas had breached public trust.

What resulted in a party-line vote, began with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposing a point of order declaring the first article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans. The article was deemed unconstitutional by a vote of 51-48, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting present.

Fox News reports:

Schumer’s point of order was proposed after his request for unanimous consent, which would have provided a set amount of time for debate among the senators, as well as votes on two GOP resolutions and a set amount of agreed upon points of order, was objected to by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

Schmitt stated in his objection that the Senate should conduct a full trial into the impeachment articles against Mayorkas, rather than the debate and points of order suggested by Schumer’s unanimous consent request, which would be followed by a likely successful motion to dismiss the articles. 

Republican senators took issue with Schumer’s point of order, as agreeing to it would effectively kill the first of the two articles. Several GOP lawmakers proposed motions, which took precedence over the point of order, to adjourn or table the point, among other things. But all GOP motions failed. 

After another batch of motions to avoid voting on Schumer’s second point of order, which would deem the second article unconstitutional, the Senate agreed to it. The vote was along party lines 51-49, with Murkowski rejoining the Republicans. 

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