House Republicans tried and failed to censure Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) for encouraging protesters in Minnesota, so now it’s time for Democrats to punish Republicans for inciting and supporting insurrection.
Waters went to Minnesota to speak to Black Lives Matter activists ahead of the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial. Republicans went ballistic and desperately accused her of inciting riots even though she did no such thing.
The jury returned a guilty verdict on all three charges as George Floyd and his family finally got justice. But House Republicans attempted to force a censure vote against Waters.
Democrats, who hold the majority, blocked the stunt. But it should now backfire on Republicans who actually did incite insurrection on or before January 6th when Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to assassinate lawmakers and overthrow democracy.
According to Politico:
Tensions remain high in the House after Jan. 6, with Democrats privately lamenting that they’re working alongside apologists to an insurrection. Democratic leadership has privately worked to persuade many of these frustrated members to hold back on forcing votes rebuking their GOP colleagues to try to lower the temperature in Washington. They may be less restrained after the GOP-led vote on Waters.
Indeed, House Republicans have thus far been spared any kind of real punishment for their participation in the insurrection, which included reconnaissance tours of the Capitol, violent rhetoric, repeating election lies, and voting to overturn the election results. QAnon Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) even called for executing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on the campaign trail, and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Co.) live-tweeted Pelosi’s location as the insurrection unfolded.
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) attended the Trump rally that day and helped disgraced former President Donald Trump incite the crowd. Some Republicans were even communicating with protesters, perhaps even coordinating the insurrection, which may be why they were able to move around the Capitol so easily and find specific offices.
In all, 147 House Republicans voted to overthrow democracy to keep Trump in power. That’s a violation of their oath to support the Constitution and makes them just as guilty of insurrection. And that’s precisely why Democrats must invoke the 14th Amendment to boot every single one of them out of office.
No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.
Maxine Waters was encouraging protesters to put more pressure on lawmakers and police in Minnesota to force change, not inciting violence. House Republicans literally incited and supported an insurrection. Their attempt to censure Waters demonstrates that they are hypocrites and that they finally need to be punished for their sedition against our nation. Republicans have been desperately trying to keep the events of January 6th from being thoroughly investigated and their members from facing consequences. It’s time for that to change. Because just like Chauvin, Republicans are guilty.
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