House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has no regrets for saying Republicans tried to “get away with [the] murder” of George Floyd.
I “absolutely, positively” will not apologize, a defiant Pelosi said Wednesday in an interview on MSNBC.
“The fact is,” she continued, complaining that the GOP’s police reform efforts have been unserious, “I think you, frankly, in the press have given them far too much credit for a bill that does nothing.”
To hear Pelosi say it, you would think that Floyd was killed in a Republican state — or at least in a city or county governed in some way by Republicans. In fact, he was killed in a city, county, and state where Democratic officials hold all the levers of power, and it was Republicans who responded quickly to the tragedy by introducing police reform legislation.
On Tuesday, CBS News’s Steve Futterman asked Pelosi whether there is any hope that Democrats and Republicans can “reach some compromise” on a police reform bill.
“Well, you be the judge,” the speaker responded. “We’re saying, ‘no chokeholds.’ They’re saying maybe — they’re not saying ‘no chokeholds.’ There’s a big difference here. What’s the compromise? Some chokeholds? I don’t see what the compromise is.”
Pelosi then complained about the positive press that Republicans have enjoyed recently for their efforts to advance anti-brutality legislation authored by Sen. Tim Scott, a South Carolina Republican.
“The press has given them so much play for this … unsalvageable piece of legislation,” she grumbled. “[F]or something to happen, they’re going to have to face the reality of police brutality. The reality of the need for justice in policing.”
Pelosi concluded, “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.”
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