The House dismissed a resolution to censure Representative Maxine Waters for her comments about Derek Chauvin’s murder trial.
Republicans believe that Representative Waters incited violence for saying telling a crowd of protestors in Minneapolis to “stay on the street” and “get more confrontational.”
Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy introduced the resolution and lawmakers voted along party lines 216-210.
“Right now, I haven’t heard any Democrats speaking out against what Maxine has said. And it’s time for Democrats to speak out when they see it on both sides. They only want to speak out on one side of the aisle, not on both. And that hypocrisy, I think, is starting to shine through,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said.
Representative Waters told The Grio that she was not encouraging violence.
“I talk about confronting the justice system, confronting the policing that’s going on, I’m talking about speaking up. I’m talking about legislation. I’m talking about elected officials doing what needs to be done to control their budgets and to pass legislation,” Waters said.