Asked whether Maxine Waters (D-CA) should apologize for her controversial remarks over the weekend, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said it’s not necessary.
“No, no, I don’t think she should apologize.” Pelosi said.
According to a Fox News reporter, “Pelosi says she doesn’t think Waters should apologize for her remarks about confrontation after the Chauvin verdict.” Chad Pergram tweeted, adding, “Pelosi also said she didn’t think Waters comments would incite violence.”
Waters is under fire for comments made over the weekend in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. While referring to the Chauvin verdict, Waters said, “we’re looking for a guilty verdict.”
Critics say she seemed to be encouraging violence if the verdict is not reached when saying, “If nothing does not happen, then we know, that we’ve got to stay in the street, but we’ve got to fight for justice…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 was asked what should protesters do if they don’t get the verdict they want, and she insisted, “Well, we got to stay on the street. And, we’ve got to get more active. [We’ve] got to get more confrontational. Got to make sure that they know we mean business.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called Waters comments out Monday, saying ithat she was inciting violence with her rhetoric and insisting that Nancy Pelosi call her out. “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.”
Speaker Pelosi, judging from her comments to reporters Monday afternoon, has indicated she will not bring action.
The ball is in McCarthy’s court.