House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) faced heavy pushback earlier this week after she stood on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and thanked the late George Floyd for “sacrificing” his life in the name of “justice.”
But while the bizarre move was widely condemned, PJ Media columnist Robert Spencer argues that the speaker’s words reflect a growing worldview.
Columnist calls out Pelosi
Pelosi’s comments came Tuesday following news that a jury had convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on all three counts lodged against him over the death of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who died in police custody last May.
“Thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice,” Pelosi said Tuesday, according to Fox News. “Because of you and because of millions of people around the world who came out for justice, your name will always be synonymous with justice. And now we have to make sure justice prevails in the sentencing.”
Spencer, for his part, observed that Pelosi’s address at times seemed like an extended prayer in which the House speaker praised Floyd “for being there to call out to [his] mom” in a “heartbreaking moment.”
The columnist charged that although Pelosi’s “words may have sounded mawkish, maudlin, and incomparably tone-deaf to outsiders, to true believers in the left’s new secular religion, everything she said was entirely appropriate.”
“Now that Pelosi has endorsed this cult, expect it to grow further, even exponentially,” Spencer predicted. “The inconvenient details of Floyd’s life have already been glossed over for months.”
He’s not alone
Of course, Spencer is not alone in decrying the apparent deification of Floyd in the wake of his death. In an event hosted by The Daily Wire, conservative commentator Candace Owens drew scrutiny to those who leftists like Pelosi have chosen as their role models.
“This is disgusting,” Owens said Tuesday. “It actually grosses me out. Do we have no better examples to put forward in the Black community? When you think of the word justice, [do] you think of George Floyd?”
Chauvin, for his part, was found guilty earlier Tuesday of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter, the Associated Press reported.
Video shows Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for upwards of nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed.
The former cop faces as many as 40 years in prison, though he likely will serve much less time behind bars, the AP notes.