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Remember when Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters called for "uprisings" across the country? Here's a refresher.

Published in Blog on September 01, 2020 by Convention Of States

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Riots and looting have overwhelmed many of America's major cities, and politicians on both sides of the aisle are hoping to pin the blame on the other party.

But which politicians have actually called for violent conflict? 

California Reps. Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters.

In June of 2018, then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wondered why there haven't been "uprisings" against the Trump administration over conditions on the border with Mexico:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday that she is confused why Americans aren’t “uprising” against the Trump administration over conditions on the border with Mexico.

The California Democrat’s weekly press briefing veered into explosive territory when the subject of illegal immigration came up. Mrs. Pelosi said there may be “uprisings” over children who are separated at the U.S. southern border when asylum seekers decide not to arrive at a proper checkpoint.

“I just don’t even know why there aren’t uprisings all over the country, and maybe there will be when people realize that this is a policy that they defend,” she said. “It’s a horrible thing, and I don’t see any prospect for legislation here.”

Then, practically the same week, Rep. Maxine Waters called on her supporters to publicly harass members of the Trump administration, just as we've seen Black Lives Matter supporters harass people on the streets

"The American people have put up with this president long enough," she said in 2018, two years before the next presidential election. "If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. You push back on them. And you tell them they are not welcome, anymore, anywhere."

Sometimes we refer to the Convention of States Project as the "next revolution," but we always make it clear that we're not talking about armed conflict. Article V allows We the People to take control of the federal government peacefully, legally, and effectively.

We don't need statements like those Pelosi and Waters made. We need real solutions to federal overreach, not threats of violence that turn into real violence.

That's why millions have joined the Article V Convention of States movement. A Convention of States allows the people -- acting through their state legislatures -- to propose constitutional amendments. These amendments can limit the power of the feds, impose fiscal restraints, and mandate term limits.

The best part? It's all spelled in out in black and white in the U.S. Constitution.

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