Maxine Waters speaks in Brooklyn Center, draws ire of right-wing media

The congresswoman visited protesters Saturday night.
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The ongoing protest in Brooklyn Center over the death of Daunte Wright received a high-profile visitor this weekend: Rep. Maxine Waters.

The longtime California congresswoman, frequently described as a firebrand, spoke to protesters outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department Saturday night, saying she came from Washington, D.C., because she "could not sleep" due to continued police killings. 

She affirmed her support for the continuing demonstrations, thanked the protesters for being there, and said "we cannot be still, we cannot be satisfied, until we get justice for Daunte Wright."

But the remarks she made in an interview with Unicorn Riot after her brief speech have created a stir among right-wing media outlets.

The remarks in question (which you can watch in the video below) concern the Derek Chauvin trial, and what protesters should do if Chauvin is not found guilty of murdering George Floyd.

She says if there's no guilty verdict, "we cannot go away." In a separate part of the interview, she says "we got to stay on the street, get more active, more confrontational."

Far-right media figures and elected officials, including Rep. Lauren Boebert – who voted against impeaching former President Donald Trump for inciting the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol – are now accusing Waters of  "domestic terrorism" and calling for her arrest: 

Waters, 82, has long been a target for conservative media, and during the past few years has made news for refusing to attend former President Donald Trump's inauguration and boycotting one of his State of the Union addresses.

Vox has a more in-depth piece on the many political controversies that have surrounded Waters in her long congressional career. 

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