U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney is criticizing U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, for comments she made in Minnesota over the weekend that some saw as encouraging violence among those protesting the death of Daunte Wright.
Waters spoke with people at Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Saturday who were protesting the police-involved shooting of Wright, a Black man, by an officer who was reported to have grabbed her gun rather than her Taser.
During her comments, Waters said she supported a conviction for former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin, who is on trial for killing George Floyd, a Black man, last year by kneeling on his neck for more than eight minutes.
“We’ve got to stay in the streets, and we’ve got to demand justice,” Waters said in a video posted on Twitter from the event. “I am hopeful that we will get a verdict that says, ‘guilty, guilty, guilty,’ and if we don’t, we cannot go away. We’ve got to get more confrontational.”
Many people felt Waters was inciting violence with those kinds of comments.
Cheney said Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-California, should get involved in the situation, saying Waters was being dangerous.
“This is dangerous and reckless. No elected official should ever incite violence. Speaker Pelosi must act,” Cheney said.
Cheney voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for comments he made that allegedly incited the riot at the U.S. Capitol earlier this year.
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia, planned to introduce legislation to remove Waters from office, something two Wyoming legislators praised on social media.
Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, agreed with Greene’s move to introduce legislation, but also said Cheney had been silent about Waters’ comments, which she hadn’t.
“Liz Cheney is SILENT about Maxine Waters call for riots & violence! She is in full force against Trump and America First Patriots. It’s way past time for her to be REMOVED from leadership!” Bouchard wrote on Twitter Sunday, around one hour after Cheney posted her comments on Twitter.
Bouchard’s congressional opponent Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, agreed that Waters needed to leave office.
“This is awesome,” Gray wrote on Twitter, retweeting an article about Greene’s legislation.