Republicans’ Outrage War Over Waters: Pot Meets Kettle
The blaring, all-caps headline at the top of the Fox News website Tuesday morning said it all: “DISRESPECT FOR JUSTICE: Rep. Waters responds after Chauvin trial judge says her controversial remarks may derail possible verdict.”
The top story on Fox the first morning after the jury in the Derek Chauvin trial began deliberations centered on the controversial comments made by a Democratic congresswoman, who said that if Chauvin is not found guilty in the death of George Floyd, “then we know that we’ve got to not only stay in the street, but we’ve got to fight for justice.”
She continued, “We’ve got to get more active. We’ve got to get more confrontational. You’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”
Fox devoted no fewer than eight more top stories to the topic.
If you didn’t know better, you’d think it was Waters on trial in Minnesota, given how prominently she figures into Fox’s coverage of the case. It’s almost as if — almost — right-wing media would rather talk about something other than the killing of an unarmed Black man at the hands of a white police officer.
The online ink spilled over at Fox was matched by equal outrage and attention in Republican political corners.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted, “Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis — just as she has incited it in the past.” He later tweeted he plans to bring a censure resolution against her.
Likewise, the committee-stripped, conspiracy-toting queen of incendiary rhetoric Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who once endorsed the idea of killing Democrats, was also so offended, she introduced a resolution of her own to expel Waters from the House.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who directly blamed former President Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol — and was so outraged he plans to vote for him again — said, “It is hard to imagine anything more inappropriate than a member of Congress flying in from California to inform local leaders not so subtly that this defendant better be found guilty or else there will be big trouble in the streets.”
“Hard to imagine anything more inappropriate”?