For decades, when violence has erupted in our streets, Maxine Maters can often be found lurking in the shadows.
In the midst of the L.A riots in 1992, she led a chant of “no justice, no peace,” describing the widespread rioting as a “rebellion,” saying, “If you call it a riot it sounds like it was just a bunch of crazy people who went out and did bad things for no reason. I maintain it was somewhat understandable, if not acceptable.”
Responding to Korean-owned stores which were looted by black residents, she defended the looters, saying “There were mothers who took this as an opportunity to take some milk, to take some bread, to take some shoes… They are not crooks.” During the L.A. riots, thousands of Korean-owned stores were looted or burned, amounting to 45 percent of all damage caused during the riot.
In June 2018, Maxine Waters again appeared to incite and justify violence against political opponents, in this case members of the Trump administration.