A Californian Democrat allegedly broke her promise to uphold the Constitution and incited violence in Minnesota, a county judge said.
Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill warned Rep. Maxine Waters to restrain herself from making disrespectful and unconstitutional statements about the Derek Chauvin murder trial.
“I wish elected officials would stop talking about this case, especially in a manner that is disrespectful to the rule of law and to the judicial branch and our function,” Judge Cahill said in a video shared on YouTube.
Cahill called Waters despicable for creating more violence by telling Black Lives Matter activists they “cannot go away” if a court acquits the former Minneapolis police officer of murdering George Floyd back in 2020.
“[Her] failure to do so, I think, is abhorrent,” he said. “A congresswoman’s opinion really does not matter a whole lot.”
The remarks came after Chauvin’s defense lawyer, Eric Nelson, asked the court to declare the trial was invalid due to the Democrat’s bias against the defendant. After careful consideration, the judge decided the proceedings should continue.
“Motion for a mistrial is denied,” Cahill said. “I do not think it has prejudiced this, with additional material that would prejudice this jury … [and] I trust they are following these instructions, and that there is not in any way a prejudice to the defendant beyond the articles that were talking specifically about the facts of this case.”
The judge stressed his contempt for Waters and ordered her to express her views more reverently in the future.
“I am aware of the media reports. I am aware that Congresswoman Waters was talking specifically about this trial and about the unacceptability of anything less than a murder conviction, talked about being confrontational,” he said. “I think if they [Democrats] want to give their opinions, they should do so in a respectful, and in a manner that is consistent with their oath to the Constitution, to respect the co-equal branch of government.”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) previously proposed a new resolution that would permanently expel Rep. Maxine Waters from Washington’s Capitol building.
Taylor Greene criticized the Democrat for creating more violence and declared her a public safety risk.
“After traveling across state lines to incite riots, her orders recorded on video last night at the Brooklyn Center directly led to more violence and a drive-by shooting on National Guardsmen in Minnesota,” she said on Twitter. “Rep. Waters is a danger to our society.”
The Republican is also concerned that Waters’s actions might have violated U.S. Code 2101 for riots, which prohibits politicians from traveling interstate to “incite a riot” or “commit any act of violence in furtherance of a riot.” The maximum penalty for breaching the code is up to five years in prison.
“As a sitting U.S. congresswoman, Maxine Waters threatened a jury demanding a guilty verdict and threatened violence if Chauvin is found not guilty–this is also an abuse of power,” she said.
The Republican believes Waters has no solid legal defense and will likely face some form of punishment for her questionable actions.
“Waters, you do not live in Minnesota; you crossed state lines and incited riots, violence against police, shootings at the Minnesota National Guard, and threatened a jury as a sitting U.S. congresswoman,” she said on Twitter.