Nancy Pelosi, handling the jury's decision to find former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd, looked to the skies and thanked the victim for "sacrificing their lives for justice."
Pelosi commented on the chauvin ruling after speaking to the Congressional Black Caucus at an event.
With a raised face to the sky, the House spokeswoman thanked Floyd for “giving his life”.
“Thank you, George Floyd, for sacrificing your life for justice,” she said. "Because you were there to call your mother, how heartbreaking was that?"
"And because of you … your name will always be synonymous with justice."
Speaker Pelosi: Thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice. Because of you and because of the thousands, millions of people around the world who have stood up for justice, your name will always be synonymous with justice. ”Pic.twitter.com/JfapSsKdtX
– The recount (@therecount) April 20, 2021
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Pelosi's comments on George Floyd create outrage
While Pelosi applauded George Floyd for his efforts, CNN reported that the California Democrat's comments "aroused rapid criticism".
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As such, she tweeted a statement to clarify her comments.
"George Floyd should be alive today," she said, sharing a reporter's quote from her previous comments.
“His family's demands for justice for his murder have been heard around the world. He did not die in vain,” added Pelosi ) Suffer …"
George Floyd should be alive today. His family's demands for justice for his murder have been heard around the world. He didn't die in vain. We need to make sure that other families do not suffer the same racism, violence and pain, and we need to enact the George Floyd # JusticeInPolicing Act. https://t.co/tWln9NRg1g
– Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) April 20, 2021
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Pelosi's original statement caused outrage. The follow-up tweet was clearly intended as damage control.
Astead W. Herndon, a national political reporter for the New York Times, tweeted his confusion over Pelosi's words: "Thank you, George Floyd … for the murder?"
The writer Allie Goertz named Pelosi's speech and thanked George Floyd for making his life "disgusting".
Is that real?! What a disgusting thing to say. George Floyd did not "sacrifice" himself for whites to learn a lesson. He was murdered and is still alive today.
– Allie Goertz (@AllieGoertz) April 20, 2021
Karol Markowicz, columnist for the New York Post, replied, "What in the actual f?"
Pelosi is now using the chauvinist ruling to push for police reform, saying, "We need to enact the George Floyd # JusticeInPolicing Act."
Last summer, the Democrats refused to work with Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and blocked his police reform law, which was sensibly trying to encourage the recruitment of minorities in police departments, to set up a database to hold bad cops accountable to draw, and restrict chokeholds.
Belosi believed that just limiting the chokehold wasn't good enough, and accused Republicans like Scott of "trying to get away with … the murder of George Floyd".
UNHINGED: Nancy Pelosi accuses Republican senators of "trying to get away with murder, actually the murder of George Floyd" https://t.co/e8pdwnSUdG pic.twitter.com/tK2dFyy1Px
– RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 23, 2020
I found it bizarre accusing the GOP of getting away with the murder of George Floyd.
Pelosi increased the madness to eleven by essentially thanking Floyd for taking one for the team.
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