Joy Behar was quick to defend Rep. Maxine Waters on “The View” after the Democratic congresswoman was accused of inciting violence in Minneapolis, Minnesota over the weekend, when she urged protesters to get “more confrontational.”
“We’ve got to stay on the street and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business,” Waters said as she spoke about what will happen if Derek Chauvin is not convicted of the death of George Floyd.
Waters added that while she is “hopeful” Chauvin will be convicted of murder, she then said that if he isn’t, “we cannot go away,” according to Fox News.
Though Behar was one of the people leading the charge against former President Donald Trump when he was accused of inciting violence back in January, she immediately defended Waters.
“I don’t think that Maxine meant anything by that except to say, ‘You have to stick with it, you have to be there.’” Behar said. “But Democrats have to be twice as smart and twice as thoughtful as Republicans. Because Republicans will say whatever they want and they get away with it. Whereas Democrats, one little thing like this and they jump all over her.”
Not stopping there, Behar claimed that Waters only faced so much backlash because she “doesn’t have a cult following.”
“No, she’s fine, as far as I’m concerned,” Behar told her cohost Whoopi Goldberg, who also defended Waters.
“After four years of real race-baiting, I have to say I’m a little bit surprised that some Republicans would think that people wouldn’t recognize the difference,” Goldberg said.
“I just want to read this to you ‘If nothing happens, then we know we have not only to stay in the street, we have to fight for justice, but I’m hopeful we will get a guilty verdict.’ I just want to make sure that you heard what she said because that’s not calling for confrontation,” she later added.
“Now people are saying, ‘Well, we should get Maxine Waters fired,'” Goldberg continued. “Okay, I don’t believe that’s the way to go. I don’t think people should get fired. I think people should get fired up when they see things that are wrong. You don’t need to burn stuff down. Peaceful protesting works.”
MAXINE WATERS SENDING WRONG MESSAGE? As both sides began closing arguments in the ex-officer Derek Chauvin murder trial for the death of George Floyd, Rep. Maxine Waters told protestors to get “more confrontational” — the co-hosts discuss. https://t.co/aoT17ugfDW pic.twitter.com/TmMM1OoSev
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