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Michigan GOP Rep. Lisa McClain complained on the House floor that if Waters were a member of the GOP she would have already stripped of her committee assignments.
"Are they not the words someone would use if they wanted to incite more violence?"
That the presiding judge in the trial warned that the Waters comments might have given the defense of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin an opening during any eventual appeal against conviction raise the level of seriousness even more.
They're not giving Waters, a veteran of the civil rights movement and its marches and protests, similar benefit of the doubt.
Had McCarthy been concerned about easing political tensions, he might not have issued a statement on Monday evening that poured more fuel on the fire.
CNN has reported that President Joe Biden and his aides fear the country may be a "tinderbox" as it awaits the verdict.
In other posts, Greene liked comments about executing FBI agents who, in her eyes, were part of the "deep state" working against Trump.
Waters comments channel decades of frustrationThe context of the comments by Waters -- amid the immediate tension surrounding the trial and also filtered through the decades of racial struggles and the history of police violence toward Black Americans -- is crucial.
Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill has made scrupulous efforts during the trial to insulate the jury from the exceedingly sensitive environment stirred by the death of Floyd.
L. Chris Stewart, co-lead counsel for Floyd's family, dismissed concerns that the Waters comments could threaten a conviction and said the defense was trying to cover up a weak case.
But after Cahill's remarks and McCarthy's intervention, there were signs of a more organized defense for the veteran Democrat.
Democratic caucus chair Hakeem Jeffries tweeted from his campaign account, accusing McCarthy of double standards, writing: "This from the guy who supported a violent insurrection.
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