Apr 20, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Democrats block attempt to censure Maxine Waters over Chauvin comments

Chairwoman Maxine Waters pictured at a House Financial Services Committee markup

Rep. Maxine Waters arrives for a House Financial Services Committee markup, April 20. Photo: Tom Williams-CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images

A resolution brought Monday by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to censure Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) was blocked in a 216-210 vote on Tuesday.

Catch up quick: The measure was brought after Waters said last weekend that protesters should "get more confrontational" if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is acquitted in the killing of George Floyd.

  • Republicans called Waters out for the comments, and the judge presiding over the Chauvin trial called her words "abhorrent."
  • The censure was blocked just as the nation awaits a verdict in the Chauvin trial.
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