Pelosi faces intense backlash after thanking George Floyd for 'sacrificing your life for justice'
Speaker accused of viewing Black people as pawns in her political cause
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is facing intense backlash after she thanked George Floyd for "sacrificing your life for justice" Tuesday following the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on murder and manslaughter charges.
Speaking alongside the Congressional Black Caucus shortly after the verdict was handed down, the top House Democrat looked to the sky and said, "Thank you, George Floyd, for sacrificing your life for justice.
"For being there to call out to your mom," Pelosi went on. "How heartbreaking was that? [To] 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," the speaker added.
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Critics from both sides of the aisle blasted Pelosi's tone-deaf remarks.
"Nancy Pelosi thanks George Floyd for being murdered," Huffington Post editor Philip Lewis summed up.
"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.
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"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.
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Pelosi appeared to clarify 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."