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.
“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 said.
“Thank you for sacrificing your life? Better to say, I’m sorry you had to sacrifice your life for justice. Sheesh,” tweeted @KimK5765
Another user, @Chris_Lee_Cal, tweeted, “Pretty sure he didn’t sign up to be murdered by a cop.”
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.
User @pwebbbbb tweeted: “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.
“So far out of touch she doesn’t even qualify for the Hall and Oates song anymore,” added @Mister_Argent.