But when Yogi Berra denied that he said what he said, it was funny..
In Minneapolis, the jury found Derek Chauvin guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in his role in the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.
It would be a defensible verdict if he had received a fair trial, and the jury didn’t fear that they would spark national riots, property destruction and death if they found reasonable doubt. It would have been more defensible if the otherwise competent judge hadn’t botched his obligation to sequester the jury when another Minnesota police officer shot a black man, and riots did occur, with more on the horizon.
It is not a fair trial when a nationally known Congresswoman and the President of the United States publicly declare that, in the words of the Congresswoman, a defendant is “guilty, guilty guilty!”
So now, after polluting the trial and the verdict, both the President and the Congresswoman are engaging in a wretched display of “I didn’t really say what I obviously said and meant to say.”
Yogi Berra this ain’t.
First, here’s Maxine’s hilarious “translation” of what she meant when she told some potential rioters, ““We’ve got to stay in the streets, and we’ve got to demand justice,” Waters said. “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.”
“I wanted to be there kind of as Auntie Maxine, to show them that not only do I love them and I support them, but they can count on me to be there with them at this terrible time in all of our lives,” Waters said in her own defense. But she is not their aunt. She is an elected official of the United States of America, and is sworn to uphold the Constitution, which means, among other things, not using her position to urge members of the public to break the law, and not using her influence to deny an American citizen a fair trial.
In another interview, she tried rationalizations instead of masquerade:
“They see their peers being killed. Minneapolis is a great example of what’s wrong with the criminal justice system, what’s wrong with policing, and so those of us who hold significant positions must stand up, we must support them, we must speak, we must call for justice. We cannot leave them alone to try and fight this very difficult system.”
Correction: you must NOT do any of those things when a criminal trial is underway, nor can you “support” them when that means giving them leave to riot.
Naturally, the usual suspects in the biased news media tried to defend the indefensible. Let’s let the ever-unprofessional Don Lemon be the media’s representative. He excused Waters because she “came out of the Civil Rights movement” and had to fight “tooth and nail” as a Black woman for everything she has gotten.” Oh! I never read that exception that allows black women who were civil rights activists to be able to do what is forbidden and considered unethical for any other legislator! Where is that exception published, Don?
“Do you really think Maxine Waters is calling for violence?” Lemon asked. “Maxine Waters is not calling for violence. Everyone knows that. She makes a lot of people uncomfortable, especially a lot of men and quite frankly, especially a lot of White men because she puts them in her place.” Waters went to a community that has already had violence and is primed for more, and told the people likely to continue that violence that they needed to be more confrontational.
Yes, she was calling for violence. I know that, and the mob she was addressing knew that.
Then President Biden, astoundingly (yes, I thought he was smarter than this, because it doesn’t require a lot of marbles, just a minimum amount) , decided to announce that an American citizen being tried for serious charges was guilty, a conclusion he not only is unqualified to make, but as President of the United States, he may not make until the trial verdict in in and all appeals have been exhausted. American Presidents must not express their opinions or desires regarding any trials or the guilt of any individual until the justice process has run its course. Biden must know this, and he did it anyway to pander to the progressive base, a substantial proportion of which would like to dispense with trials entirely in cases like Chauvin’s.
Today, while the jury was deliberating, Biden illustrated how completely a fair trial was denied to Derek Chauvin by throwing the power and prestige of his office behind a guilty verdict, almost certainly based entirely on the video. Do you think Biden read the witness transcripts? Do you think he watched the trial?
He told reporters, “I’m praying the verdict is the right verdict. The evidence is overwhelming in my view.” Then he had his paid liar, Jen Psaki, explain that he didn’t mean to suggest that the jury should find Chauvin guilty. Why would anyone think that?
In a press briefing not long after, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, “I don’t think he would see it as weighing in on the verdict.” Really? So he really is senile than?