Calls are rising from Republicans against Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) for “inciting violence” after comments she made over the weekend, while DeSantis has signed an anti-riot bill in Florida and more top stories and conservative politics.
Republicans calling for actions against Maxine Waters for inciting violence
A number of Republicans are speaking out after Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) made comments over the weekend that they say are “inciting violence.”
On Sunday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to take action against waters, warning that he would be forced to take action if the House leader did not.
“Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis — just as she has incited it in the past,” McCarthy wrote in a tweet. “If Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week.”
What did Waters say?
“We’re looking for a guilty verdict,” Waters said, during an appearance she made at a protest on Saturday night in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. The Daily Wire reported. “We’re looking for a guilty verdict. And we’re looking to see if all of this [inaudible] that took place and has been taking place after they saw what happened to George Floyd.”
“if nothing does not happen, then we know, that we’ve got to not only stay in the street, but we’ve got to fight for justice, but I am very hopefully and I hope that we’re going to get a verdict that will say guilty, guilty, guilty,” Waters continued. “And if we don’t, we cannot go away.”
“And we’ve got to get more active,” Waters added. “[We’ve] got to get more confrontational. [We’ve] got to make sure that they know we mean business”.
Multiple ethics complaints against Waters in the past
This is not the first time Waters has run into trouble concerning ethics. In 2012, a report was submitted to the House of Representatives Committee on Ethics regarding Waters allegations of her violating House conflict-of-interest rules.
In 2018, the nonprofit organization judicial watch filed an ethics complaint against waters for “inciting violence and assaults on the Trump Cabinet” after she made remarks at a rally in Los Angeles, the Washington Times reported.
Hawley to introduce bill to ‘bust up’ Big Tech
Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) is expected to introduce new legislation on Monday that seeks to “bust up” the alleged dominance of Big Tech. The bill is titled the “Bust up Big Tech Act.” It seeks to ban massive tech companies from simultaneously running an online marketplace and selling goods on that marketplace, Fox reported.
“It’s past time to bust up Big Tech companies, restore competition, and give power back the American consumers,” Hawley said.
As an example, Hawley’s office cited the actions of the bill would ban Amazon from being able to sell Amazon-branded products on Amazon Marketplace, where its competitors also do business.
The actions follow another bill introduced by Hawley last week that seeks to ban mergers of companies worth more than $100 million, which was targeted beyond alleged monopolies in the tech industry alone.
FL Gov. Ron DeSantis signs anti-riot bill into law
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a new bill into law that creates penalties for crimes committed during violent protests or rioting.
The law has several stipulations, including allowing authorities to hold protesters until their first court appearance. In addition, it establishes new felonies for organizing or participating in violent demonstrations, WSVN 7 Miami reported. Some actions that will be considered second-degree felonies are: Destroying or demolishing a memorial, plaque, flag, painting, structure or other object that commemorates historical people or events. These felonies are punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The full bill can be viewed here.