“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday rejected GOP claims Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters was ‘inciting violence’ when she said in Minnesota over the weekend that protesters need ‘to get more confrontational.’ House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said over the weekend he would be forced to take action against her if Pelosi failed to punish Waters herself. ‘Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis – just as she has incited it in the past,’ McCarthy said in a tweet late Sunday evening. ‘If Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week.’ Waters, 82, joined protesters in Brooklyn Center – a suburb of Minneapolis – on Saturday for the seventh night of demonstrations following the death of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man who died earlier this month when a white Minnesota police officer fatally shot him.”
“Pelosi defended Waters on Capitol Hill on Monday, telling reporters she does not believe Waters needs to apologize for her comments. ‘Maxine talked about confrontation in the manner of the Civil Rights movement. I myself think we should take our lead from the George Floyd family. They’ve handled this with great dignity and no ambiguity or lack of misinterpretation by the other side,’ Pelosi said. Asked if she believed Waters’ comments have incited violence as Republicans have suggested, Pelosi responded: ‘No, absolutely not.’ Republicans have pounced on Waters’ comments and accused her of engaging in dangerous rhetoric” – ABC News.