Bruce Golding, New York Post, April 20, 2021
Twitter users pounced on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday after she publicly thanked George Floyd “for sacrificing your life for justice.”
“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,’” Pelosi (D-Calif.) said during a news conference with members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
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.
A user with the handle @marginoferror 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!” @marginoferror added.