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The Derek Chauvin defense team began by apologizing to the jury for being long-winded, but he didn't fully explain the length that his closing statements would be. They were long, leaving jurors "antsy" and "tired" according to pool reports.
Former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) noted that it felt like Chauvin's lawyers were "trying everything to see what would stick" while "going on and on."
MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace noted during the five-minute break that it was a "desperate hail Mary."
"It is rather Doug Flutie-like," said Michael Eric Dyson. "He is tossing that ball 80 yards down the field to see if anybody in the in-zone can catch it. The problem here, of course, is that in the past Black skepticism is justified because even when there have been horrible trials with manifest evidence against a particular police officer the trial has not had the desired outcome. So, while we believe, hopefully, that the very thin evidence upon which this jury must hang its verdict this favor of former officer Chauvin will come to the right conclusion that there ain't much there — the reality is, as Sen. McCaskill said, that only one jury needs to be convinced. And the blizzard of technicality that the defense lawyer put forth, the hardening of the arteries, the narrowing of the path through which the blood flows, a kind of amateur, you know, cardiologist there. It only takes one to be dissuaded. I think, however, so far, the defense doesn't have much to work with and it is shown in their paltry and really mall nourished defense for Mr. Chauvin."
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Maxine Waters: Republicans like Marjorie Taylor Greene are sending 'a message' to white supremacists
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) is denouncing Republicans like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and others who she says are falsely framing her words and trying to have her expelled. Waters, the Chair of the House Financial Services Committee who has been in Congress since 1991, says she is not "intimidated" or "afraid," and she will "do what needs to be done."
Waters says the GOP is using her to raise money for Republicans and to "send a message" to white supremacists, the KKK, and groups like the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys.
Greene says she is seeking to "expel" Waters. Others in the House GOP, from Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-GA), along with some in the right wing media, have attacked Congresswoman Waters after she traveled to Minnesota to speak at a Black Lives Matter protest about the police killing of 20-year old Daunte Wright.
“I am nonviolent," Chairwoman Waters told The Grio. “Republicans will jump on any word, any line and try to make it fit their message and their cause for denouncing us and denying us, basically calling us violent … any time they see an opportunity to seize on a word, so they do it and they send a message to all of the white supremacists, the KKK, the Oath Keepers, the [Proud] Boys and all of that, how this is a time for [Republicans] to raise money on [Democrats] backs."
“This is a time for [Republicans] to keep telling our constituents that [Democrats] are the enemy and they do that time and time again," Waters said, describing the GOP's strategy. “But that does not deter me from speaking truth to power. I am not intimidated. I am not afraid, and I do what needs to be done."
Waters on Saturday told BLM protesters, “We've got to stay on the street and we've got to get more active, we've got to get more confrontational. We've got to make sure that they know that we mean business."
Congresswoman Waters explained what she meant: “I talk about confronting the justice system, confronting the policing that's going on, I'm talking about speaking up. I'm talking about legislation. I'm talking about elected officials doing what needs to be done to control their budgets and to pass legislation."
“I am not worried that they're going to continue to distort what I say," she added. "This is who they are and this is how they act. And I'm not going to be bullied by them."
Greene is not the only right-winger taking advantage of an opportunity.
"Other Republicans," Forbes reports, "called for punishment but stopped short of advocating expulsion: Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) called for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to 'take immediate action,' Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) said to 'sanction' Waters, and Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) called to 'hold her accountable.'"
“If Speaker Pelosi doesn't act against this dangerous rhetoric," Leader McCarthy threatened, "I will bring action this week."
'That is so outrageous': Geraldo Rivera scolds Tomi Lahren after she says George Floyd caused his own death
Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera disagreed with fellow contributor Tomi Lahren on Monday about whether George Floyd was responsible for his own death.
During a Fox News segment that was focused on criticizing Rep. Maxine Waters (R-CA), Lahren veered off topic to give her opinion on the Derek Chauvin trial.
"I also believe we should go back to an issue at the core of what's happening in our country right now," Lahren said. "And that is the issue of compliance and non-compliance. Now the left wants to make everything with regards to officer involved shootings about race. It's not about race, it's about compliance."
"At the end of the day, these are tragic situations and no one wants to see them happening, including those that are members of law enforcement," she continued. "But we have to go back to the root of this issue. If these suspects, if these victims had complied with the police officers, they would be alive to go home to their families at night and so would those officers."
Fox News host Martha MacCallum prompted Rivera to return to her intended subject but he insisted on addressing Lahren first.
"If I can start answering Tomi's point about compliance," Rivera began, "I agree people should listen to cops when cops give them an order. But at what point does that compliance take a backseat to a man putting his knee on a handcuffed man's prostrate body for nine and a half minutes?"
"That is so outrageous that it would spill the passion of anyone!" he exclaimed before pivoting to criticize Waters.
Watch the video below from Fox News.
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