Former Congressman Steve King discussed his thoughts on Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who said over the weekend demonstrators need to “get more confrontational” if the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial wasn’t “guilty, guilty, guilty.”
King was assaulted in a Fort Dodge restaurant by a Leftist who has since been convicted.
“He appeared to be reacting to a Maxine Waters incitement to violence in 2019,” King said. “There are a couple of federal criminal statutes to address the Maxine Waters Minnesota rally rhetoric.”
In 2018, Waters was on video saying:
“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And 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. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere. We’ve got to get the children connected to their parents.”
“Waters traveled across state lines and used every medium to convey her message,” King said.
King also shared 18 U.S. Code § 373, which is solicitation to commit a crime of violence.
“Both of these statutes appear to apply to Waters’ actions,” he told The Iowa Standard. “The streets of Brooklyn Center were stricken with riots as were the streets of the Twin Cities — nearly every major city in America in the George Floyd riots.
“Waters said, ‘Get more confrontational!’ More confrontational after epic nation-wide rioting and attempting to influence the Chauvin jury clearly crosses the line.”
Congress, King said, must restrain itself and utilize a higher principle.
“Innocent until proven guilty,” he said. “This for now, is a job for the DOJ. The people of California knew who they elected and reelected. It’s up to them to vote her out of office. It’s up to all the voters who cast their ballots for members of Congress to factor in Speaker Pelosi’s defense of Waters and her attacks on Waters’ critics.
“Democrats, all of whom voted for Pelosi, have to wear that mantle into the next election. Removing Waters from her committees and taking her gavel as Chair of the Financial Services Committee smacks of a political gambit rather than objective justice. I believe Speaker Pelosi is wrong to defend Waters and that Kevin McCarthy is grandstanding.”