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McCarthy pushes for censure vote as Waters digs in over her remarks

April 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy will likely try to force a House vote Wednesday to censure Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters following her remarks over the weekend calling for protesters to "get more confrontational" if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is acquitted in the killing of George Floyd, House aides familiar with the matter tell CNN.

Washington (CNN)Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy will likely try to force a House vote Wednesday to censure Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters following her remarks over the weekend calling for protesters to "get more confrontational" if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is acquitted in the killing of George Floyd, House aides familiar with the matter tell CNN.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told CNN Monday night he didn't expect any Democrats to back the censure resolution.

Waters, a California Democrat, on Saturday night had called for protesters to "stay on the street" and "get more confrontational" if Chauvin is acquitted.

The comments, coming at a time of simmering national tension amid several high-profile killings of Black people at the hands of police officers, were immediately seized on by Republicans who said Waters was encouraging violence.

In a subsequent interview, Waters said she was "nonviolent" and was not encouraging violence but instead asking people to confront the US justice system.

McCarthy introduced a resolution Monday to censure Waters for her "dangerous comments," while accusing Pelosi of "ignoring" Waters' behavior.

Pelosi told CNN on Monday that Waters does not need to apologize for her comments.

When asked if she believed Waters' comments incited violence, Pelosi told CNN, "No, absolutely not. "

Hoyer also told CNN that he didn't think Waters meant violence and "she's never advocated violence," adding that the congresswoman is "passionate" and "believes in her issues. "

Waters said her reference to "confrontation" was meant in the context of the Civil Rights movement's nonviolent history.

"The whole Civil Rights movement is confrontation," she told CNN on Capitol Hill Monday night.

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