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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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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.

Maxine Waters offers right-wing alternative universe for Chauvin trial

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.

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