Representative Chip Roy, R-Texas, blasted the idea of defunding police as well as Representatives Maxine Waters, D-Calif., And Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan, for their rhetoric surrounding the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis .
The Texas congressman didn’t mince his words during a House Judiciary Committee markup on Tuesday, which focused on a host of bills, including the “COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act” .
Roy rebuffed progressive claims that no reduction in law enforcement was happening by pointing to Austin, Texas, which has seen an increase in homelessness since funding for the City Police Department was “reduced”.
The Texas congressman also berated Democrats in Congress for spending “$ 6 trillion in a year doing nothing” on their huge COVID spending bills before filing in Waters – the chair of the Financial Services Committee of the Room – for his now infamous weekend comments. .
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“And then to listen to the members of this body say, and I quote, ‘I hope we get a verdict that says guilty, guilty, guilty,” “Roy said, quoting Waters. “And if we don’t, we can’t leave. We have to stay on the streets. We are getting more active. We have to become more confrontational. We have to make sure they know we mean business.”
“How irresponsible a congressman can be to say that and then have the judge in the case say the whole nation is watching that might throw the case on appeal,” Roy continued. “This is what we are talking about.”
Roy then turned to Tlaib, berating the Michigan Democrat for his highly controversial tweet on the set of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, not far from where George Floyd was killed in May 2020.
“We are talking about the quote from another member of this body:” It was no accident, policing in our country is inherently and intentionally racist. I am done with those who condone government-funded murders, ”the Texas congressman said. quoted Tlaib, repeating and emphasizing the phrase “government funded murder”.
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“No more policing, incarceration or militarization. It cannot be reformed, ”Roy continued. “Saying it doesn’t matter? It’s the central question of our time to make sure this country is safe!”
Waters and Tlaib have both been recently criticized for their inflammatory comments about the Chauvin trial and policing, respectively.
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Detroit Police Chief James Craig torched Tlaib for his tweet calling the shootings involving police a “government-sponsored murder”, saying he “would love to see her quit.”
Efforts by House Republicans to censor Waters for his comments on the Chauvin affair were rejected by Democrats in an online vote.
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