House rejects GOP effort to censure Rep. Maxine Waters over remarks to Floyd protesters

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LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2020: Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) hosts a community meeting to discuss the recent Delta Airlines Flight #89 fuel dump over Los Angeles County schools and communities at Los Angeles Southwest College Little Theater Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. The meeting featured local officials and representatives from the Los Angeles County and City Fire Departments, Los Angeles County Health Department, and Los Angeles Unified School District who discussed the fuel dump and answered questions from concerned members of the community. A mobile medical clinic was on-site to provide medical evaluations of residents who may have been exposed to jet fuel or fumes. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) hosts a community meeting in January of last year. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

The House voted 216 to 210 on Tuesday to reject a Republican effort to censure Los Angeles Rep. Maxine Waters over her comments to protesters last weekend.

The vote came shortly before the jury in the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin found him guilty on all three charges, including second-degree murder, in the killing of George Floyd.

Waters had said at a demonstration in Brooklyn Center, Minn., last weekend that if Chauvin were not convicted, “then we know that we’ve got to not only stay in the street, but we’ve got to fight for justice,” according to video of the event. “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.”

Republicans quickly criticized the comments, accusing her of instigating violence. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) brought a censure resolution against her.

Waters brushed aside the criticism, saying she has always promoted nonviolence and accusing Republicans of "bullying" her.

During the vote on the censure resolution, Waters stood confidently in the well of the House, chatting with other lawmakers and occasionally glancing up at a vote tally in the chamber.

"I love my colleagues, and they love me," she said after the vote. "I don't want to do anything to hurt them or hurt their chances for reelection. I will make sure that they are comfortable with my kind of advocacy so that we can all be sure that we can do the right thing."

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.