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Data: Stanford Cable TV News Analyzer; Chart: Axios Visuals

While Fox News has largely ignored the Derek Chauvin trial compared to competitors, conservative media seized on comments from Rep. Maxine Waters over the weekend, making it the single biggest trial storyline on social media since it began on March 29, according to NewsWhip data provided to Axios.

Why it matters: The data shows that for conservative America, the story in Minneapolis is being used as a way to highlight the aggression of protesters rather than the police killing of a Black man.

By the numbers: The three biggest stories on social media about the trial since it began all came this weekend, all from conservative media, all reacting to Waters’ comments on Saturday night.

  • Sunday was the biggest day of engagement around the trial since it began.
  • 7 of the top 10 stories during this period came from conservative publishers, all nodding at the prospect of protestor violence.

The big picture: Conservative media is otherwise looking away from the trial on TV.

  • Data from the Stanford Cable News Analyzer shows that Fox News has spent 4.2 minutes this month covering the trial, compared to 51.7 minutes from CNN and 40.7 minutes from MSNBC.

Driving the news: Waters said last weekend that protestors need to "get more confrontational" if Chauvin were acquitted, prompting swift outcry from conservatives.

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McCarthy will introduce resolution to censure Maxine Waters for comments on "confrontational" protests

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) joins demonstrators in a protest outside the Brooklyn Center police station in Minnesota. Photo: Stephen Maturen via Getty Images

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced plans to introduce a resolution censuring Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who over the weekend said protesters should "get more confrontational" if Derek Chauvin is acquitted.

Why it matters: Republicans have honed in on her comments, as the judge presiding over the Chauvin trial called her words "abhorrent."

Apr 20, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Congress, White House brace for Chauvin verdict

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are anxious as the nation awaits the verdict in former police officer Derek Chauvin's trial, fearing a not-guilty decision could exacerbate racial tensions and spark a new wave of riots.

Why it matters: Leaders on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue are trying to figure out how to calibrate any personal or legislative response, while also acknowledging how the final outcome in Chauvin's murder trial in the death of George Floyd could affect their district and them politically.

Apr 19, 2021 - Axios Denver

Denver activists float possibility of a "hot" summer of protests

People gather at the state Capitol to protest the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright. Photo: Alayna Alvarez/Axios

Multiple demonstrations were held in downtown Denver on Saturday to protest the death of Daunte Wright, an unarmed Black man who was fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer during a traffic stop.

The state of play: Community activists warned that their taking to the streets only foreshadows more unrest ahead.