Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said she will reveal a resolution to expel Rep. Maxine Waters from the House over her comments encouraging protesters in Minnesota to get “confrontational.”
In doing so, the firebrand Georgia Republican congresswoman is taking a tactic that some House Democrats employed against her earlier this year and turning it back on them.
Greene’s grounds for expelling Waters, a California Democrat, are that she traveled to Minnesota and joined in protests over the trial of white police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter, in the death of black man George Floyd. If there is not a “guilty, guilty, guilty” verdict, Waters said, “we’ve got to get more confrontational.”
“After traveling across state lines to incite riots, her orders recorded on video last night at the Brooklyn Center directly led to more violence and a drive-by shooting on National Guardsmen in Minnesota,” Greene said in a statement on Sunday night while announcing her planned resolution to expel Waters from Congress.
MAXINE WATERS DEMANDS DEREK CHAUVIN BE FOUND ‘GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY’ OR ‘WE’VE GOT TO GET MORE CONFRONTATIONAL’
“As a sitting United States congresswoman, Rep. Maxine Waters threatened a jury, demanding a guilty verdict and threatened violence if Chauvin is found not guilty. This is also an abuse of power,” Greene added.
Greene may have gotten the idea of an expulsion resolution because Democrats tried to do the same thing to her. Democratic Rep. Jimmy Gomez, in January, revealed a resolution to expel Greene from her committee assignments because of her past incendiary comments. Another 71 Democrats joined Gomez in co-sponsoring the resolution, including Waters.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, though, shut down the effort to expel Greene from Congress, instead stopping at Democrats removing Greene from her committee assignments after the Republican conference refused to do so alone.
Greene might find some form of support from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in the anti-Waters resolution. On Sunday, McCarthy tweeted that if Pelosi does not take action against Waters for “inciting violence,” he will.
Greene also asserted on Sunday that “continual incitement of violence” by Waters makes her “a danger to our society.”
Waters, an 82-year-old congresswoman who joined the House in 1991, has long been known for her incendiary statements.
Last week, during a committee hearing, she told Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, “You need to respect the chair and shut your mouth!”
Republicans, including House Republican leadership, condemned Waters in 2018 for encouraging her supporters to harass members of the Trump administration in public: “If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out, and you create a crowd,” she said at the time. “And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
Her controversial statements date back to the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Even though her congressional office was burned down by a fire started by the mob, Waters said she considered her office to be just “one of the victims of the rebellion.”
At least one other House Republican, Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert, expressed support for expelling Waters. “Maxine Waters would already be expelled if she was a Republican,” Boebert said.