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Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., chair of the House Committee on Financial Services, is asked by reporters about comments by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., who used profanity to describe President Donald Trump and call for his impeachment, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Just as night follows day and summer follows spring, Maxine Waters blames Donald Trump for everything bad that happens in America, including the death of a Minneapolis black man who was pinned to the ground on Monday by a white police officer kneeling on his neck.

As previously covered by RedState writer Jeff Charles, video surfaced on Tuesday of 46-year-old George Floyd lying prone on the ground, as officer Derek Chauvin had one knee on Floyd’s back and the other knee on his neck. Floyd was later pronounced dead.

As rioting erupted in Minneapolis, and later spread to Los Angeles, the California Democrat, one of Trump’s most vociferous critics, had all the ammunition she needed to place the blame squarely on the president.

During an interview with TMZ, Waters said, “My first thought was, ‘Not again. Not one more killing’”, before launching into one her trademark attacks on Trump — along “white supremacists” of course:

“I’m reflecting on all of the killings of young black men in particular, but of course black women too, at the hands of the police and at the hands of these white supremacists.”

“And I’m thinking about the way that the president conducts himself — in a way he’s dog-whistling — and I think that they’re feeling that they can get away with this kind of treatment.”

Waters also said she believed Chauvin “enjoyed” what he was doing:

“I think that the officer who had his knee on his neck enjoyed doing what he was doing. I believe sometimes these officers leave home thinking, ‘I’m gonna get me the one today’ — and I think this is his one that he got today.”

She added that the other officers at the scene were “just as guilty” as Chauvin, and that she’s “glad that all of them were fired.”

Following Floyd’s death, Trump tweeted:

“At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd. I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!”

Trump’s call for an investigation and his condolences to Floyd’s family aside, in Maxine’s world, everything is his fault — so of course the death of a black man at the hands of a white police officer is his fault.

Then again, following the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA, Philando Castile in a St. Paul, MN, suburb — both in 2016, and Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a Ferguson, MO, police officer in 2014, I don’t recall Waters blaming Barack Obama.

Got hypocrisy, Maxine? Or were the deaths of those three black men at the hands of white police officers somehow Trump’s fault, as well?

Mike Miller
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