These Attacks on Maxine Waters Reveal the Grifter Politics of Republican Dog-Whistlers

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy asserts that “The Republican Party is Lincoln’s party … not nativist dog whistles.”


Just three days after he distanced himself from a move by Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene and other members of the GOP House to shape what critics recognized a white supremacist caucusMcCarthy whistled with the dog in precise harmony Greene’s Anglo-Saxon melody.

When Maxine Waters, chair of the House Financial Services Committee, urged activists in Minnesota, “become more active“In exercising her right of first adjustment to protest against police violence and systemic racism, Greene Waters declared”a danger to societyAnd announced that she wanted the House to punish the California Democrats. Rather than distance himself from the Georgian extremist’s false claim that the former chairman of the Black Caucus of Congress “traveled across state lines to cause riot,” McCarthy jumped up with a proposal to reprimand Waters, which echoed Greene’s incendiary language.

“This weekend in Minnesota, Maxine Waters broke the law by breaking the curfew and then inciting violence.” claimed McCarthy.

The minority leader’s dog whistling was just as crude and as absurd as Greene’s, and a reminder of why the Georgian ultimately realized that there was no need to form an “America First Caucus” within a House Republican caucus, as it was with so the case for many was subjects reflecting their extremism.

Speaking to Minnesotans over the weekend protesting the police murder of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, Waters raised the need for Congress to pass reforms like the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. She put her advocacy in the context of the trial of former Minneapolis Police Department Derek Chauvin, which was on Tuesday convicted of murder for the Floyd assassination in May 2020.


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