While addressing the Senate floor, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell accused Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters of attempting to “tilt the scales of justice with threats” after she made comments calling for protestors to get more “confrontational” if Derek Chauvin is not found guilty.
The Daily Wire reports:
“Last summer our nation began grappling, in a renewed way, with anger and pain, at the fact that our progress toward racial justice remains unfinished,” McConnell began. “Rightly understood, this is not a struggle against our nation’s founding principles and central pillars. Rather, it is a journey to make America even more faithful to itself, to ensure that life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and equal justice under law are indeed the birthright of every single American.”
“Every single American deserves a fair trial,” McConnell asserted. “This is sacred. You do not balance the scales of justice by trying to tip them.”
McConnell then targeted Waters: “And yet, this past weekend, one Democratic House member from California took it upon herself to visit the protesters in Minneapolis. She said, ‘We’re looking for a guilty verdict.’ Like somebody window-shopping or ordering off a menu, she’s looking for a guilty verdict. If that verdict is not reached, the Congresswoman said demonstrators should not only ‘stay in the streets,’ ‘We’ve gotta get more active and confrontational and make sure they know we mean business.’”
“It’s harder to imagine anything more inappropriate than a member of Congress flying in from California to inform local leaders — not so subtly — that this defendant had better be found guilty or else there will be big trouble in the streets,” McConnell snapped. “Again, so much of our nation’s quest for civil rights and equal justice has been the fight to get rid — get rid — of extrajudicial violence. To get rid of rigged trials where the outcome was molded by public sentiment or angry mobs. It is beyond the pale for a sitting member of the United States Congress to look at what happened last summer and imply there should be some kind of a sequel — a sequel! — if a legal case does not unfold as she thinks it should.”
McConnell later shifted his speech towards the Democrat Party’s blatant hypocrisy of defending Water’s rhetoric while punishing GOP members to the extreme. The Democrat Party accused freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of attempting to incite violence with her past comments and had her stripped of committee assignments. Early in the year, Democrats claimed former President Trump attempted to incite an insurrection on Jan. 6th and held another impeachment trial after he had left office.