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Pelosi Is Wrong For Not Holding Maxine Waters Accountable: Liz Cheney

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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is wrong for not holding Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) accountable for her comments about the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of all three charges in the death of George Floyd on Tuesday afternoon.

“I’ve been really clear that no elected official should ever incite violence and she should not have incited violence. She did. The speaker’s wrong in terms of not holding her accountable for that,” Cheney, the No. 3 Republican leader in the House, told reporters on Tuesday.

Cheney was referring to remarks Waters made at a protest in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on April 17, regarding Chauvin’s trial where she said protesters should get more “confrontational” if Chauvin is not found guilty.

Waters said she is “going to fight with all of the people who stand for justice” and told protesters to “stay on the street,” “get more active,” and “get more confrontational,” if the former officer isn’t found guilty. “We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business,” Waters said.

When asked about Waters’s comments being inappropriate and if she should apologize, Pelosi said she shouldn’t.

“Maxine talked about the confrontation in the manner of the civil rights movement,” Pelosi said. “I myself think we should take our lead from the George Floyd family. They’ve handled this with great dignity and no ambiguity or … misinterpretation by the other side. No, I don’t think she should apologize.”

Cheney’s comments after the House on Tuesday voted down a resolution that would have censured Waters. … (Read more)

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