Pelosi Accuses Republicans of 'Trying to Get Away With Murder of George Floyd'
House speaker sparks outrage for unfounded remarks
The House speaker said Republicans are "trying to get away with murder, actually -- the murder of George Floyd" during an interview CBS News Radio correspondent Steve Futterman.
Futterman did not offer any push back to Pelosi's statement, which she failed to back up by any evidence.
Pelosi also failed to note that Minnesota's governor is a Democrat, and Democrats mostly control the city of Minneapolis.
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Pelosi also said Senate Republicans' reform proposals were "unsalvageable" and won't make "any difference."
The speaker added Democrats want a total ban on police chokeholds, but then accused Republicans of waffling on the issue.
"For something to happen, they're going to have to face the realities of police brutalities, the realities of the need for justice in policing, and the recognition that there's many good people in law enforcement, but not all," she said.
"And that we have to address those concerns," Pelosi added.
"So, when they admit that, and have some suggestions that are worthy of consideration -- but so far they were trying to get away with murder, actually -- the murder of George Floyd," Pelosi continued.
Mark Whitlock, a National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) senior advisor, blasted Pelosi for her remarks blaming Republicans for Floyd's death.
"That's gotta be the most outrageous thing she's said in at least a few weeks," Whitlock said.
"Genuinely shocked, the Speaker didn't get any pushback after that line as well."
Commentator Stephen Miller also weighed in:
"George Floyd was murdered in a city run by a Democrat mayor since 1973, whose police chief was appointed by a Democrat, in a state with two Democrat Senators, and hasn't voted for a Republican President since Nixon. Completely insane, she can say something like this unchallenged."
Pelosi went on to discuss the importance of keeping an open mind on defunding the police.
"I think people mean different things," Pelosi responded.
"Of course, public safety is our first responsibility. We have to keep the American people safe, but we want to do it in a way that keeps everyone safe," she added.
"And there are many ways to do that. Does it mean police officers should be social workers?
"Does it mean they should be referees in family disputes, and the rest?
"No, maybe we can distribute some resources in a way that really meet the safety needs of the American people."
The House speaker's remarks come a week after she sparked outraged by gifting George Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, a folded American flag incased in glass during a photo-op last Wednesday.