I seriously considered not posting this, because Waters’ ethical villlainy should be obvious to everyone, and Ethics Alarms generally doesn’t post on the obvious.
It has certainly been obvious to Ethics Alarms from the beginning: in 2009, in one of the very first posts here, I noted that CREW (Citizens for Responsible Ethics and Responsibility in Washington), the Democratic Party-bolstering fake “non-partisan” ethics watchdog, had labeled Waters one of the “Most Corrupt” members of Congress. This served their masquerade at the time, because it is so obvious that Waters is corrupt that she was “low hanging fruit”: by listing her on their unethical Congress members docket, CREW could claim that they really were bipartisan. (If CREW didn’t list Waters, it would make the group look like the sham it is.) Democrats know Waters is unethical; they simply lack the guts and integrity to say so and do something about her.
As I wrote in another post about Waters, “Never mind though: Waters is black, so by the infinitely adjustable weaponizing definition of racism used by progressives, black activists and Democrats for the previous eight years, to criticize her at all is to be a racist.” There is no member of Congress—maybe no one in government—so brazenly reliant on this principle as Waters. She also girds herself in gender, so pointing out the obvious about her—that she’s a demagogue, a racist, an embarrassment to her her party, a disgrace to Congress and not very bright in the bargain—gets a critic tagged as a bigot AND a misogynist. The fear of this is so great that even Bill O’Reilly, himself an ethics villain who seldom crumpled in the face of race-baiting, groveled an apology for mocking Waters’ helmet-hair in 2017, saying, “As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs. I said that again today on ‘Fox and Friends,’ calling her ‘old school.’ Unfortunately, I also made a jest about her hair, which was dumb. I apologize.”
Defenders of slavery were sincere in their beliefs. Flat-earthers are sincere in their beliefs. Charles Manson was sincere in his beliefs. Stalin was sincere in his beliefs. The old guy with empty look in his eyes who stood with his old Weimaraner day and night near our street where I grew up, thinking he was still an air raid warden in World War II was sincere in his beliefs, and he was harmless, unlike Maxine Waters.
It’s kind of fun, in fact, to read the Waters dossier at Ethics Alarms, and I was selective. I almost literally could have posted about her ethics vacuum every time she opened her mouth. I had forgotten for example, that she posted this on Twitter:
Waters crashed a demonstration over the weekend in Brooklyn Center, the Minneapolis suburb where Daunte Wright was killed and where riots have been going on dedicated to bypassing due process to punishthe hapless police officer who apparently killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright with her incompetent. The protests also had resonance regarding the trial of Derek Chauvin, which may conclude this week. [Aside: Business Insider, in its story about Water’s miserable conduct, calls Chauvin “the Minneapolis officer who killed George Floyd by kneeling on his neck.” This is typical of the news media since Floyd died and throughout the trial. Whether Floyd in fact “killed George Floyd” is what the jury is supposed to determine after a fair trial. Articles like this one is why the judge’s decisions not to sequester the jury denied Chauvin a fair trial, and if our justice system has any integrity at all, this kind of article will guarantee him a new one.]
Waters told the crowd that she was “looking for a guilty verdict” for Chauvin. An elected official cannot and must not make a public statement like that while a trial is underway. It violates ethics rules and rules of reason. It represents an effort to interfere with the justice system, and in my view, should earn automatic sanctions. Of course, Maxine doesn’t understand the law; she doesn’t understand much except hate, partisan extremism, and the how to abuse power after 30 years in Congress. And she was just warming up.
“We’ve got to stay in the streets, and we’ve got to demand justice,” Waters said, essentially declaring that trials should be swayed by mobs. “I am hopeful that we will get a verdict that says, ‘guilty, guilty, guilty,’ and if we don’t, we cannot go away. We’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.” She also urged protesters to break the law, saying that they should ignore the curfew. Proving that “they mean business,” a gunman fired at a Minnesota National Guard and Minneapolis Police Department neighborhood security team, the Minnesota National Guard said.
Again, this should be obvious, but Waters voted to impeach President Trump for urging protesters to do far less than that. Those who believe Chauvin should be convicted ought to be furious with Waters, and the thug cop’s lawyer should be ecstatic. Waters just gave his client a “Get Out of Jail Free” card, at least if “fair trial” means anything when a white cop is involved in a black perp’s death. If Chauvin is acquitted and deadly riots erupt, it should be remembered that Waters called for violence. If he’s convicted and the verdict is overturned, Waters will be partially responsible for that as well.
The question is now whether the Democratic Party and their propaganda merchants in the mainstream media and editorial pages have any integrity at all. So far, the condemnations of Waters’ indefensible rhetoric have been left to Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, and the Republican House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy.
You know: racists.
If Democrats remain silent over Waters’ conduct, they will be guilty of enabling and endorsing it.