House Speaker Nancy Pelosi faces a massive amount of backlash after thanking George Floyd for “sacrificing” his life for justice.
Following a jury determining that Derek Chauvin was guilty on all counts in his trial for the murder of Floyd – the Speaker of the House quickly went to work peddling more identity politics for her party’s gain.
Speaking alongside the Congressional Black Caucus shortly after the verdict was handed down, Pelosi looked to the sky and said, “So again, thank you, George Floyd, for sacrificing your life for justice, for being there to call out to your mom,” Pelosi said. “How heartbreaking was that, call out for your mom, I can’t breathe, but because of you and because of thousands, millions of people around the world who came out for justice, your name will always be synonymous with justice.”
Critics from both sides of the aisle tore into Nancy Pelosi’s tone-deaf remarks.
“Nancy Pelosi thanks George Floyd for being murdered,” Huffington Post editor Philip Lewis wrote.
“What in the actual f,” New York Post columnist Karol Markowicz reacted.
“Ummm… he didn’t sacrifice his life… he was brutally, horrifically murdered. What the hell is this,” Guardian writer Hannah Parkinson tweeted.
“Sacrifice implies he had a choice,” LA Times reporter Melissa Evans similarly wrote.
“Oh, that is very bad. Very, very no,” GQ correspondent Julia Ioffe expressed.
“real [W]hite person wearing kente cloth energy on this quote,” progressive commentator Hasan Piker wrote.
“I didn’t expect Pelosi to have one of the worst takes, but here we are,” YouTube host Farron Cousins concluded.
“I don’t expect anything less of Nancy Pelosi. Racism is and has always been a spectrum,” author Frederick Joseph wrote.
“This type of lunacy is what happens when you view people as nothing but pawns for your cause,” journalist Annika Rothstein said.
Pelosi later attempted to remedy the situation by clarifying her remarks on Twitter.
“George Floyd should be alive today. His family’s calls for justice for his murder were heard around the world. He did not die in vain,” Pelosi wrote. “We must make sure other families don’t suffer the same racism, violence & pain, and we must enact the George Floyd #JusticeInPolicing Act.”
Pelosi said she spoke to Floyd’s family earlier Tuesday before Chauvin was found guilty of all three charges in the murder of Floyd last May in Minneapolis.
The California Democrat praised the model Floyd’s family set for appealing for justice in the “most dignified way.”
She said Floyd’s name is “synonymous with justice and dignity and grace and prayerfulness.”
Pelosi said the guilty verdict is a “step in the right direction for justice done” but she and leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus said the work is “not over.”
They stressed the importance of passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act into law. The legislation, which awaits Senate action, would overhaul standards for police tactics and conduct at the federal level.
Prominent measures include a federal ban on no-knock warrants and chokeholds, limits on qualified immunity shielding police from civil lawsuits, a framework to prevent racial profiling and the establishment of a national registry on allegations of police misconduct.
Author: Travis Marin