The Democrats had a very narrow margin to defeat the censure motion. After working on the phone and talking to their members, according to an aide to the Democratic leadership, Democratic leaders in the House were confident that they would have enough support to support the proposal and, ultimately, in any House The rank of Democrats did not break. Voting was 216–210 in which party members did not have four members.
After the vote, Waters told CNN, “I love my colleagues, and they love me. I don’t want to do anything to hurt them or hurt their chances for a reunion.”
“I will make sure that they are comfortable in my type of advocacy, so that we can all ensure that we do the right thing, and I want to be clear about it,” she said.
McCarthy called the Democrats in a tweet after the vote, writing, “Speaker Pelosi, and every other House Democrat, had the opportunity to condemn our colleague Representative Waters’ violent rhetoric.”
“Instead, he condemned it,” he tweeted. “And the House and our justice system are worse because of it.”
McCarthy moved a motion on Monday to block Waters’ “threatening comments”, accusing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of “neglecting Waters”.
In a statement on Monday, he said, “We have heard this kind of violent rhetoric from Waters before, and the United States Congress should hurt this behavior more clearly and without reservation.”
House Minority Whip Steve Scallis asked CNN a question when Republicans believe Waters’ comments are worthy of censorship, but have not censored Brooks.
“Look, a lot of people have talked about the comments that other people have made and have spoken against, right now I haven’t heard any Democrats speaking out against Maxine,” Scalise said. “It’s time for Democrats to speak when they see it on both sides. They only want to speak in one side of the aisle, not both, and this hypocrisy, I think, is starting to shine through.”
Some Democrats are speaking out against Waters’ comments, in which Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia told CNN, “He should never have said that.”
He said, “Now is not a good time for such rhetoric.” “May be (Waters) just misscap.”
Pelosi told CNN on Monday that Waters did not need to apologize for his comments. Asked if he believed Waters’ comments to have triggered the violence, Pelosi told CNN, “No, not at all.”
Hoyer also told CNN that he did not think Waters meant violence and “he never advocated violence,” adding that Congress is “passionate” and “believes in their issues.”
Waters said his reference to the civil rights movement’s nonviolent history was a reference to his “confrontation”.
“The entire civil rights movement is confrontational,” she told CNN on Capitol Hill on Monday night.
When asked about GOP efforts to stop her, Waters threw her hands in the air on Monday and declined to comment.
This story has been updated on Tuesday with additional development.
CNN’s Ryan Nobles, Chandelis Duster, Annie Grier and Ryan Nobles contributed to this report.