Waters still active on social media after telling protesters to 'get more confrontational'

Former President Trump was removed from Twitter and Facebook following the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
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California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters is still active on social media after telling protesters in Minnesota to "get more confrontational" over the Derek Chauvin trial involving the death of George Floyd — and being rebuked by the presiding judge for "abhorrent" remarks on the case.

Waters was in Brooklyn Center on Saturday night where protests have been taking place in response to the murder trial. 

Protests and riots involving looting, burning buildings and violent attacks against police officers took place in Minneapolis and other major cities after Floyd's death last summer.

In an interview in the midst of a protest, on Saturday, Waters said "We're looking for a guilty verdict."

Waters was asked what protesters should do if Chauvin isn't found guilty.

"Well, we've got to stay on the street, and we've got to get more active, we've got to get more confrontational," she answered. "We've got to make sure that they know that we mean business."

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said Waters was inciting violence with her comments.

"Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis — just as she has incited it in the past," McCarthy said in a tweet on Sunday evening. "If Speaker Pelosi doesn't act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week." 

McCarthy said on Monday that he's introducing a resolution to censure Waters.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday, "No, I don't think [Waters] should apologize" for her "more confrontational" statement. Asked whether Waters' words could incite violence, Pelosi replied, "Absolutely not."

President Trump addressed the crowd at a rally on Jan. 6 ahead of the riot that took place at the U.S. Capitol. After the riot took place, Twitter and Facebook banned Trump from their platforms. Democrats impeached Trump for "incitement" of violence. The Senate ultimately found Trump not guilty. 

As of Monday afternoon, Waters' social media accounts were still active. 

In 2018, Waters sparked controversy when she told protesters to harass Trump administration officials if they see any of them in public.

"Let's make sure we show up wherever we have to show up," she said. "And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere. We've got to get the children connected to their parents."