Representative Maxine Waters took a shot at two Democrat Senators — Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin — suggesting they “don’t give a darn” about police reform.
Waters (D-CA) isn’t intellectually equipped to be subtle, making her comments an obvious attempt to use the recent tragic police-involved death of Tyre Nichols to put emotional pressure on her colleagues to end the filibuster.
“We keep fighting, we keep begging, we keep doing everything that we possibly can,” Waters said during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Symone,” adding police reform efforts had failed because “we don’t have enough members who care enough about this issue.”
“When you look at even two Democrats — Manchin of course, and of course that woman from Arizona — they don’t give a darn about this issue,” she asserted.
“They would rather have the power to determine what happens in the Senate by using their two votes for themselves than anything else.”
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Maxine Waters Takes Swipe at Manchin and Sinema Over Police Reform
Maxine Waters’ argument is an odd flex considering Democrats actually used the filibuster in 2020 to block police reform efforts led by Senator Tim Scott (R-SC).
“The fact is Democrats used a filibuster they call racist to block my reforms that they’re now embracing,” Scott said in a statement at the time.
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Scott’s proposal sought to promote minority hiring within police departments, implement a database to hold bad cops accountable, and would restrict chokeholds.
And yes, Democrats did use the filibuster – something they now say is a tool of ‘white nationalists‘ and a ‘Jim crow relic‘ – to block it. The same filibuster Waters suggests shows members of her own party don’t care about police reform.
Incidentally, Manchin (D-WV) was one of a few Democrats who voted to begin debate on Scott’s police reform bill, but ultimately came up short because they needed 60 votes to overcome the filibuster.
Waters should have been praising him for the move.
As Democrats seek to destroy the filibuster, Fox News’ @BretBaier slams Dems for filibuster hypocrisy.
“Democrats used the used the filibuster 270 times, and one of them was to block the Justice Act, the police reform bill put forward by a Black Republican, Senator Tim Scott.” pic.twitter.com/qz4Jyh1Qb3
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 9, 2022
RELATED: Maxine Waters Pulls Over And Confronts Police Who Stopped Black Driver
Waters’ History of Anti-Police Rhetoric
Maxine Waters isn’t necessarily interested in meaningful police reform, as much as she’s out to make sure the police as an entire entity pay for the sins of those who betrayed their oath to serve and protect in Memphis.
In June of 2020, Waters suggested police reform was not enough and that steps needed to be taken to get rid of “racist, ignorant, [and] stupid cops” and their unions as well.
She would later claim that policing by its nature “is racism.”
“This justice system is broken,” Waters said. “It has never really been in our favor, and it has basically been responsible for ensuring that we could never ever get beyond this suppression and this oppression that has been forced upon us for so many years.”
“‘Something is wrong with our policing,’” she claimed was the message from rioters at the time. “It is racism.”
Rep. Waters on Roger Stone’s sentence being commuted and systemic racism in the criminal justice system.
“Something’s wrong with this country, something’s wrong with our criminal justice system, something’s wrong with our policing, and it is racism.”https://t.co/KJnLiHrkoT
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 13, 2020
Waters confronted police after happening upon a traffic stop involving a black driver in 2020, pulling over to make sure the officers involved stayed in line.
“They stopped a brother so I stopped to see what they were doing,” Waters said.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA 43) making sure the brother pulled over is having his rights protected! Queen! pic.twitter.com/sT9Mk3Tz7X
— 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐞 (@exavierpope) July 19, 2020
Last year, far-left Democrat Representative Mondaire Jones, in a speech on the House floor, labeled senators who voted against changing filibuster rules, including Sinema and Manchin, as “white nationalists.”
On floor of House, Democratic member calls Senators Manchin and Sinema ‘white nationalists.’ https://t.co/6NLABE7DSx pic.twitter.com/Z1obKb4TNW
— Byron York (@ByronYork) January 20, 2022
The filibuster, according to Waters and Jones, is a tool of pro-police racists. Except when their own party uses it.
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