House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has faced fierce criticism because she thanked George Floyd for “sacrificing her life for justice”, after a jury sentenced former Minneapolis police officer Derek. Chauvin on murder and manslaughter.
Pelosi: "Thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice … 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." pic.twitter.com/JfapSsKdtX
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Speaking shortly after the verdict was issued, the Speaker of the House of Representatives looked up into heaven and said, “Thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice.”
“For being there and having to call me,” Mrs. Pelosi continued, trying to show emotion. “How heartbreaking? [Right] calls to your mother, ‘I can’t breathe. ‘”
“But for you and for thousands of others, millions of people around the world have fought for justice, your name will always be synonymous with justice,” Ms. Pelosi added.
However, Ms. Pelosi’s remarks received criticism from both sides.
Leftists claim that George Floyd was “brutally, terribly killed” (as the Guardian’s Hannah Parkinson wrote on Twitter), not “sacrificed his life.”
“Nancy Pelosi thanks George Floyd for being murdered”, editor Philip Lewis of the Huffington Post summed up.
“The sacrifice implies that he might have another choice,” wrote LA Times reporter Melissa Evans similarly.
Meanwhile, conservative author and analyst Candace Owens said Pelosi’s comments ignored the victims of Floyd’s previous criminal crimes.
“Imagine, Tucker, if you were one of Floyd’s victims alive, was one of his victims, he robbed him of arms, and now you read that this man’s name. will always be synonymous with ‘justice’, how will you feel? ” she questioned the host Tucker Carlson.
Journalist Annika Rothstein writes, “This type of insanity happens when you treat people as nothing but pawns for your cause.”
Ms. Pelosi later explained her comment on Twitter more clearly.
“George Floyd should be alive today. His family’s calls for justice have been heard around the world. He did not die in vain, ”wrote Mrs. Pelosi. “We must make sure other families are not subject to similar racism, violence, and pain, and we must enact the George Floyd #JusticeInPolicing Justice Act.”