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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is in big, big trouble over her recent comments.
After former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, Pelosi thanked Floyd “for sacrificing your life for justice.”
“And thank God, the jury validated what we saw, what we saw,” Pelosi said in front of the U.S. Capitol Building as she delivered remarks with the Congressional Black Caucus.
“So, again, thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice. For being there to call out to your mom. How heartbreaking was that? To call out to your mom, ‘I can’t breathe,'” she added.
“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,” she abhorrently added.
Nancy Pelosi thanks George Floyd for being murdered pic.twitter.com/na0Fjoj891
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 20, 2021
Her statement was quickly slammed on social media.
Many said it was tone-deaf, argued she should not treat Floyd as a sacrificial lamb, and even called for her to resign.
Holy shit Nancy it's time to retire https://t.co/xvmFhlhQnw
— Joshua Wittenkeller (@TheJWittz) April 20, 2021
— Kath Barbadoro (@kathbarbadoro) April 20, 2021
— Gita Jackson (@xoxogossipgita) April 20, 2021
Time to retire https://t.co/pMLgOn4zZB
— Kansas Green Party🌻 (@KSGreenParty) April 21, 2021
The most tone deaf and ignorant thing imaginable. Pelosi does not see George Floyd as a man wrongfully murdered, but as a prop. https://t.co/uQ5ElWaAPe
— James Rhine (@jamesrhine) April 20, 2021
“sacrificing your life for justice…”
oh my https://t.co/XssRWqUEln
— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) April 20, 2021
what the hell https://t.co/BOvG9LqMUu
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) April 20, 2021
Pelosi thanking George Floyd for his "sacrifice" continues the tradition of White people in power seeing us as Black pawns on their ivory chess boards. George Floyd's life mattered before he was murdered.
— Albert Lee (@AlbertLee2020) April 21, 2021
After hearing Nancy Pelosi's comments on George Floyd, my only political opinion is that we should stop electing really old people to office and enforce term limits.
— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) April 20, 2021
"Thank you George Floyd for dying." https://t.co/tQlAPkni13
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) April 20, 2021
there is no excuse for this bs logic anymore. he didn't sacrifice his life, it was stolen from him. that's what the whole "murder" thing was about. https://t.co/uzrtkHtNyN
— lenika 🌺 (@lenikacruz) April 20, 2021
George Floyd didn't sacrifice his life.
He was murdered by the police. https://t.co/ze8yhgnsPg
— DSA-LA 🌹 (@DSA_LosAngeles) April 20, 2021
The jurors in the murder case against Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd reached a verdict on Monday night.
Chauvin, who was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter has been found guilty on all charges.
Politicians, mainly on the Democrat side of the aisle, have seized the Floyd case and used it as a soapbox to call for more police reform.
Then there was California Rep. Maxine Waters, who caused controversy when she called for protesters to be “more confrontational” if Chauvin was not found guilty of murder.
After the prosecution and defense gave their closing arguments in the case on the death of George Floyd, the judge in the case said that Waters’ comments made this weekend could be cause for an appeal.
Judge Peter A. Cahill absolutely scorched Waters in his response, in which he declined to declare a mistrial in the case.
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“I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned,” the judge said.
“I wish elected officials would stop talking about this case, especially in a manner that’s disrespectful to the rule of law and to the judicial branch and our function,” he said, adding that it is disrespectful to the “coequal branches of government.”
“Their failure to do so is abhorrent,” he said.
His comments came on Monday, after the comments by Waters were heard at a protest for Floyd and for Daunte Wright, who was also killed in a confrontation with police.
“I hope that we’re going to get a verdict that says guilty guilty guilty,” she “And if we don’t, we cannot go away.”
When reporters asked what people should do if there was not a guilty verdict she said, “We’ve got to stay on the street. And we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”