House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, sparked massive outrage following a jury convicting Derek Chauvin on all counts on Tuesday afternoon after making a bizarre statement about George Floyd.
“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.”
University of Illinois history professor and longtime black activist Barbara Ransby reacted with utter shock.
“Did Pelosi just say ‘George Floyd, thank u 4 sacrificing your life for justice’?” she tweeted.
“He did not SACRIFICE his life. His life was violently taken.”
Others were equally appalled.
“Thank you for sacrificing your life? Better to say, I’m sorry you had to sacrifice your life for justice. Sheesh,” a user.
Another user tweeted, “Pretty sure he didn’t sign up to be murdered by a cop.”
A user tweeted: “NO! NO, NO, NO. What the f–k, Pelosi!”
“‘Sacrificing your life’ is something people have to do on their own. Floyd was murdered. We just had a whole-ass trial!” another added.
A user said: “My God the ignorance of Pelosi. This is really a good indication of why we need term limits because her old ass is out of her damn mind. ‘Sacrificing himself’… like he had a choice..”
Media and political consultant Timothy Burke, a former writer for the Daily Beast and Deadspin, called the California Democrat’s remark outside the US Capitol “absolutely bizarre.”
Some of Burke’s 94,000 followers replied with similar reactions.
“Why do they keep putting her out in public?” said one user, while another called Pelosi an “absolute ghoul.”
“So far out of touch she doesn’t even qualify for the Hall and Oates song anymore,” added another.
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