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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi drew the ire of many after she awkwardly thanked George Floyd for sacrificing himself in the name of justice at a news conference this week.

As Blavity previously reported, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty by a jury of third-degree murder, second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter for the May 25, 2020 killing. The Black father was suffocated to death by Chauvin, who had his knee pressed into Floyd’s neck for well over nine minutes as bystanders urged him to check Floyd’s pulse. 

On Tuesday, she spoke at a press conference with the Congressional Black Caucus on Capitol Hill and issued her first remarks following Chauvin’s verdict, according to CNN. 


“Thank you, George Floyd, for sacrificing your life for justice,” she said. “For being there to call out to your mom, how heartbreaking was that,” Pelosi said. “Your name will always be synonymous with justice.”

Following the presser, droves of people took to Twitter, criticizing the California Democrat for her tone-deaf and insensitive remark.

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