House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, sparked massive outrage following a jury convicting Derek Chauvin on all counts on Tuesday afternoon by thanking George Floyd for “sacrificing” his life for justice.
“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.”
BREAKING: Nancy Pelosi thanks #GeorgeFloyd for being brutally murdered.
This is heinous.pic.twitter.com/klFoiDZE8F
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NANCY PELOSI, HOUSE SPEAKER: As you probably know, there are many honors that are afforded to a member of Congress, and certainly many more to the Speaker of the House. But nothing surpasses the honor of being with the Black Caucus today when we have seen a step in the right direction for justice done. Earlier, around three o’clock, I spoke to the family to say to them, thank you, God bless you for your grace and your dignity, for the model that you are appealing for justice in the most dignified way.
They are in search of justice then and now they see this giant step but as our colleagues have said, it’s not over. They complimented the Congressional Black Caucus for its role that it has played in all of this. They’re eager to see Karen Bass’ George Floyd Justice and Policing Act, passed and, and signed by the president into law. … His name synonymous with justice and dignity and grace and prayerfulness and prayerfulness. So we thank God, we thank Jesus because we were praying to him all along … we thank God, they are people of faith. They conveyed that to me on the phone, but they’ve conveyed it all along. So as the eight weeks according to what the judge said before we know the sentencing, but that’s part of the justice of it all as well.
And thank God, the jury validated what we saw, what we saw. 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, 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. And now we have to make sure justice prevails in the sentencing. But that’s, you know, it’s its own procedure.