Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich blasted Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) for her recent call that protesters should “get more confrontational” in their demand for justice for George Floyd and others.
Gingrich said Waters was “openly encouraging violence.” He called for a “nationwide movement” to stop tolerating “criminals in the street.”
“You know, when somebody is out looting, that’s not a protest, that’s a criminal,” Gingrich said. “And they should be treated as criminals. And the fact that you have a congresswoman who is actively encouraging criminals, and also you have a congresswoman in Rashida Tlaib, who literally wants to abolish the police and close all the prisons … this is madness.”
“I think we have to really rethink our whole approach to making sure we stop people from being violent if necessary by doing the opposite of what Rashida Tlaib wanted and actually increasing the prisons,” he said. “You cannot have a country which cowers in fear and which has radicals who wander around openly encouraging violence.”
It’s downright frightening that Waters is not being criticized in the press and by other lawmakers in her party over her comments, despite the fact that they are much closer to inciting violence than former President Donald Trump’s were prior to the January 6 riot, for which he was blamed and accused of incitement.
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