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MAGA Minions defend Trump by attacking Rep. Maxine Waters
Illustration photo by Elizabeth Brockway / The Daily Beast / Getty In the political, media and legal orbits of Donald Trump, the former president and his Republican allies unite around a new argument to push back allegations that Trump instigated the bloody January 6 riot: Maxine Waters Since stepping down earlier this year, the ex-president – who has become the effective leader of the Republican Party – has been sued after being sued for his role in inciting mob violence at the United States Capitol. This riot led to Trump becoming the first president in American history to be impeached twice. But in many GOP circles ever ready to defend it, Trump’s hands are, of course, clean – even if Waters’ hands are not. Waters, a 16-term Democratic MP from California, sparked a wave of conservative outrage when she urged protesters this month to “become more confrontational” in case a Minneapolis jury acquits former police officer Derek Chauvin Almost immediately after his comment began to make waves in right-wing media, the former president – now based in his private Florida club, Mar-a-Lago – took note. critics and inundated with lawsuits, when what Waters did was, he said, far worse, according to two people familiar with his private thoughts. Understandably, the ex-president wanted this to become an important part of the political, legal and messaging crackdown on sustained allegations he incited a deadly riot, the sources said. Whether supporters of this argument have recently heard Trump directly or not, the line has indeed caught a lot of steam among conservative and MAGA luminaries. The argument, however, did not impress everyone. “It’s a political argument, not a legal argument,” Ken White, a First Amendment lawyer and former federal prosecutor, said Tuesday. “There is no legal doctrine to quote. There is no “You did something like this, and so it is good” doctrine that I know of. White continued that this was something a lawyer could use to attack Waters’ credibility as a witness or plaintiff. “But the fact that one of the plaintiffs did something similar, and leaving out whether it was actually similar, is not a legal defense, or something that could prevent them from moving forward in the trial. “, he continued. “It’s spin. It’s a colorful argument that appeals to the crowd. During a protest at the Brooklyn Center in Minnesota earlier this month, Waters said activists should stay on the streets. “We have to become more active, we have to become more confrontational, we have to make sure they know we are serious,” she said. dozens of arrests on riot-related charges after a police officer shot dead Daunte Wright, 20, in what law enforcement claimed was an “accidental” shooting. Judge Peter Cahill, who presided over the Chauvin trial, called Waters’ comments “disrespectful to the rule of law and to the judiciary and our function” and even suggested that the remarks could constitute grounds for appeal. But the attempt to excuse Trump’s behavior with Maxine Waters’ comments is not new. During Trump’s impeachment trial in February 2021, Republicans used excerpts from Waters opposing the 2016 Electoral College results and pledging to impeach Trump soon after he was elected as evidence that Trump’s rhetoric on him January 6 and before was an old hat. (Republicans ignored the key difference that Waters’ recent comments did not precipitate a riot.) More recently, Jonathan Turley – a George Washington University law professor close to Trumpworld – wrote an article for opinion for Fox News predicting that Waters’ comments “may well be cited in the ongoing litigation over the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill.” Last week, Tucker Carlson, Fox News prime-time host and intermittent Trump adviser, asked if Maxine Waters was “guilty of greater incitement than Donald Trump?” Carlson answered, his own question. “But that’s not the point. People like Maxine Waters don’t care if you say they’re hypocrites. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) also linked Waters’ comments to allegations that Trump instigated the Jan.6 riots on Capitol Hill. Trump used the words “peaceful” when referring to the statements he made. I didn’t hear Maxine say anything about a peaceful protest, “Scalise said. Former New York mayor and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani tweeted that Waters” did exactly what Donald did. J. Trump did not “and accused Waters of making” a deliberate call for violence and a direct threat to the jury, if she and the crowd do not approve of the verdict. And House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy also tried to capitalize on Waters’ comments. He recently introduced a censure resolution against the California Democrat, which the House quickly rejected on partisan lines. And in an interview with Punchbowl News this week, he warned Democrats are going to have to show up in new districts next year and “explain why they tolerate the language of Maxine Waters.” MS) sued the former president, alleging that Trump’s election rhetoric amounted to a plot to deprive Americans of their civil rights. In court documents, attorneys for Thompson allege that Trump and Giuliani knowingly instigated far-right Proud Boys and Oath Keepers to storm the Capitol and disrupt Congressional certification of President Biden’s victory in the electoral college. complainant, as well as nine other members of the Democratic Chamber at the beginning of April. And in an amended complaint filed in the case, the California Democrat revealed she was forced to barricade herself in her office on Jan.6. the number of security personnel with whom she travels to and from her home, ”the complaint states. Learn more about The Daily Beast. Register now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.