Senator Ted Cruz accused Democrats of encouraging "riots & violence" after Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) called on protestors in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, to get "more confrontational" if police officer Derek Chauvin isn't found guilty of murdering George Floyd.

"Democrats actively encouraging riots & violence," the Texas GOP lawmaker wrote Sunday morning in a Twitter response to the longtime California congresswoman's comments in Minnesota on Saturday night. "They want to tear us apart."

Waters, a Black woman, traveled to Brooklyn Center to join crowds protesting for a seventh night after Duante Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was shot and killed by a police officer one week ago.

"This is a very difficult time in the history of this country," Waters said during the protest, referring to the beginning of Wright's case and anticipated final decision in Derek Chauvin's trial.

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