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Kevin McCarthy threatens action against Maxine Waters for ‘dangerous rhetoric’

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is demanding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hold Rep. Maxine Waters accountable for inciting violence in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota after the fatal police shooting of Duante Wright.

On Saturday, Waters spoke to a group of demonstrators in Minnesota one week after Wright was killed.

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

“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.”

Since Wright’s death, violence has erupted in Brooklyn Center, Minn., where many protestors have been arrested for rioting and looting.

Waters added that she’s looking for a guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis. “I hope we’re going to get a verdict that will say guilty, guilty, guilty. And if we don’t, we cannot go away, we’ve got to get more confrontational,” Waters said.

McCarthy warned Pelosi that he will “bring action” against Waters this week if the lawmaker does not receive punishment for engaging in “dangerous rhetoric.”

“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,” McCarthy tweeted Sunday.

Additionally, Several more GOP lawmakers slammed Waters for her comments.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has called for Waters’ expulsion from Congress, saying she is a “danger to our society.”

“After traveling across state lines to incite riots, her orders recorded on video last night at the Brooklyn Center, directly led to more violence and a drive by shooting on National Guardsmen in Minnesota early this morning,” Green continued.

“As a sitting United States Congresswoman @MaxineWaters threatened a jury demanding a guilty verdict and threatened violence if Chauvin is found not guilty. This is also an abuse of power. #ExpelMaxineWaters.”

Greene organized a petition to expel Waters from her position in Congress, saying that Waters has incited BLM/Antifa violence and riots for years.

“Speaker Pelosi,” Greene tweeted. “You impeached President Trump after you said he incited violence by saying ‘march peacefully’ to the Capitol. So I can expect a yes vote from you on my resolution to expel Maxine Waters for inciting violence, riots, and abusing power threatening a jury, right?”

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Chris Christie’s Book is Total Flop, Both Politically and Economically

2,289; that’s how many copies of Chris Christie’s new book “Republican Rescue” were sold in its first week.

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2,289; that’s how many copies of Chris Christie’s new book “Republican Rescue” were sold in its first week. As Eric Boehlert states:

How Christie was able to sell so few books after lining up so much national media attention during his marketing roll-out – “This Week” and “The View,” “Fox & Friends,” along with Fox News, Fox Business, the Daily Show, HBO twice, and CNBC – represents an extraordinary disconnect.

“So, this thing is a disaster,” writes The Triad’s Jonathan V. Last who details the economic failure of the book:

Just to walk through the economics of this for you: Christie’s book was published by Simon & Schuster. I haven’t seen any reporting on the advance they gave him, but for the sake of argument, let’s call it $50k.1Then there’s the PR costs—a minimum of $10k. Making the books—PP&B—runs about $3 a unit. And depending on how many copies the publisher printed, they’re then going to have to spend money converting the unsold hardcovers to paperbacks. And then they’ll eventually have to pay to pulp the unsold paperbacks.

So all told, Simon & Schuster spent at least $70k in order to sell $58k worth of books—of which they, the publisher, only take home about 50 percent. (The other half goes to Amazon.) And the likely true cost to Simon & Schuster is probably closer to 10x that number since we’re being so conservative with our guesses.

Last notes that in his book, Christie never “never pays for his mistakes. He never admits that he was wrong. It’s always someone else’s screwup. Someone else who gets stuck with the check.” Last adds Christie should not be welcomed into the pro-democracy fold for the following reasons:

•    There’s no repentance from Christie, no admission of the part he played in getting America to this place.
•    There’s no acknowledgment from Christie that the side he’s leaving is playing with authoritarianism unique in the American experience.
•    Instead, Christie frames his break with Trump as trying to put the Republican party in a better position to win future elections. His pivot is not from pro-Trump to anti-Trump, but to anti-anti-Trump.
•    There is no reason to believe that Christie is sincere in this halfway-break he’s making. Even his current “better position to win” schtick may well be expedient—just another gambit to put himself over.
•    It seems certain that if Trump called Christie tomorrow and offered him the 2024 VP slot, Christie would do it in a New Jersey minute.

So yes, the pro-democracy movement needs every ally it can get, no matter how unsavory. But I’m not convinced that Chris Christie is an ally.

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