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U.S. House Speaker Pelosi criticized for thanking George Floyd for 'sacrificing your life'

PoliticsApr 20, 2021 08:25PM ET
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday drew criticism by thanking George Floyd, a Black man who became a symbol of the struggle for racial justice, after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering him.

During a news conference following Chauvin's conviction on three criminal counts, Pelosi called the outcome "a step in the right direction for justice."

"Thank you, George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice," Pelosi said, referring to Floyd's death in May as Chauvin pinned his knee on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes.

The comment drew widespread criticism online.

"Speaker Pelosi's comment about George Floyd was totally inappropriate. At a minimum, she should apologize," said Josh McLaurin, a Democratic member of the Georgia state legislature, on Twitter. "But more than that, I think the gaffe clarifies how much this country would benefit from a Black Speaker of the House."

Black Representative Hakeem Jeffries, who holds a high position in House Democratic leadership, is seen as a possible future speaker or House majority leader.

The Pelosi-led House has passed the "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act," which aims to put a stop to aggressive law enforcement tactics that have targeted African Americans and other minorities.

The bill, which has not yet been considered by the Senate, would ban police chokeholds and no-knock warrants, limit military equipment used by police departments and require officers to wear body cameras. It also would make it easier to prosecute police misconduct.

Antonio Romanucci, a Chicago attorney on the team representing Floyd's family, noted that Pelosi had twice called the family on Tuesday.

"Our speaker is a great leader. She is somebody that wants to see this through," Romanucci said, referring to the bill.

U.S. House Speaker Pelosi criticized for thanking George Floyd for 'sacrificing your life'
 

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Hunt Richardson
Hunt Richardson Apr 21, 2021 3:07AM ET
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RIP George Floyd and justice was served. just remember he put himself in a horrible position by resisting arrest for nearly 20 minutes before chauvin pinned him to the ground
Tom Lemon
Tom Lemon Apr 21, 2021 3:07AM ET
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resisting a bogus fake 20 dollar bill accusation
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Apr 20, 2021 11:17PM ET
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If a black man get k/i/l/led, the whole country burnt. The police car ran over an asian. He was k/i/l/led in Ca and the news didnt bother. Nobody gives a f if other bad guys get k/i/lled by the police. Violence protests by the left always win.
Rick Baier
Rick Baier Apr 20, 2021 10:55PM ET
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One evil woman.
Robert valdez
Robert valdez Apr 20, 2021 10:38PM ET
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Why would you .... nvm 🤦🏽‍♂️
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Apr 20, 2021 10:15PM ET
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Oh my God!!!! What is wrong with her?
danny Levine
danny Levine Apr 20, 2021 9:56PM ET
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I've never seen a bigger hypocrite than her
Tom Lemon
Tom Lemon Apr 20, 2021 9:56PM ET
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look in a mirror
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Apr 20, 2021 9:30PM ET
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Democratic party is the party of race baiting.
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Apr 20, 2021 9:30PM ET
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Oh wow you called them out good!
Silence Dogood
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Benjamin McIntire  Go ahead Benji.. tell us how Pelosi's remarks are moral and profound... This should be good.
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Tom Lemon Apr 20, 2021 9:30PM ET
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Silence Dogood she misspoke. but her message was clear. you would not like anything she would have said so your opinion does not matter.
 
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