As Republicans try to find any way they can to attack Democrats riding high in public opinion polls after President Biden successfully shepherded the passage of the American Rescue Plan bill and proved that federal coordination of the COVID-19 vaccination effort was a superior plan to Donald Trump’s incompetent fumblings, they have latched onto Congressman Maxine Waters’ (D-CA) recent statement in Minnesota that racial justice advocates need to “stay on the street” and “get more confrontational” if the police don’t stop the extra-judicial killings of people that they detain.
“I hope we’re going to get a verdict that will say guilty, guilty, guilty. And if we don’t, we cannot go away,” Rep. Waters said of Officer Derek Chauvin’s trial while visiting Brooklyn Center, the Minneapolis suburb where Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was shot and killed by police last week.
Despite refusing to censure members of their own caucus for misdeeds ranging from Rep. Matt Gaetz’s (R-FL) alleged sex trafficking of a minor to the multiple infractions by the white nationalist wing of the party led by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and others, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) called for Maxine Waters to be sanctioned for her statement vowing to be unrelenting in the pursuit of justice for George Floyd and the other innocent victims of unjustified police killings.
This weekend in Minnesota, Maxine Waters broke the law by violating curfew and then incited violence.
Speaker Pelosi is ignoring Waters’ behavior—that’s why I am introducing a resolution to censure Rep. Waters for these dangerous comments.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) April 19, 2021
Such unmitigated hypocrisy was too much to witness silently for MSNBC anchor Joy Reid, who promptly tweeted back at the GOP House leader questioning the incredibly narrow scope of his supposed outrage.
Hi congressman. Anything on censuring your members for trying to create a white nationalist caucus? Or what about Matt Gaetz, given the very serious investigation relating to him? He's still on Judiciary, right? https://t.co/N00yPmJqEO
— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) April 19, 2021
Reid’s comments to Congressman McCarthy were roundly seconded by a host of Twitter commentators who echoed her accusations of the massive hypocrisy involved in the House Minority Leader’s tweet.
GOP hypocrisy is simply a fact of life that Americans have to endure every day.
If only Republicans like Rep. McCarthy weren’t so blatant in framing their partisan responses in such an obviously skewed fashion then perhaps they wouldn’t be drawing such attention to the numerous misdeeds of the members of their own party and continue undermining their message so much.
But then again, one might as well ask them to simply stop being Republicans. It seems that outrageous hypocrisy is a primary part of the job description when you join that particular liars’ club.
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