House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was seen struggling to get up after participating in a widely derided political stunt on Monday.
A video flagged by Breitbart shows the Speaker receiving a helping hand after kneeling for nearly nine minutes in honor of George Floyd.
Pelosi struggles to get up
On Monday, Pelosi and her merry troupe of ham actors decided to stage a dramatic ceremony in the Capitol’s Emancipation Hall in remembrance of Floyd, who died after a police officer pressed his knee into his neck for about nine minutes.
The images of white-haired Democratic lawmakers, all kneeling in silence while dressed in facial masks and draped in traditional African kente cloth, were just too much for many social media users.
But the absurdity of the moment multiplied when Pelosi, 80, struggled to rise. The Democrat could be heard laughing to make light of the situation.
“It’s better not to have on high heels,” she said, after getting some help.
Pelosi then switched back into acting mode, intoning solemnly, “You see how long it was to have that knee on his neck.” Watch below:
Dems slammed over stunt
Some black Twitter users mocked Monday’s performance as a patronizing — even unintentionally racist — bit of political signaling. Pro-life black author Obianuju Ekeochas said the kente cloth scarves showed that Democrats regard Africans as “children,” while others invoked pop culture to skewer the cartoonish display.
“Wakanda mess is this?” quipped black author Angie Thomas, in a reference to Black Panther.
The incident came as Democrats unveiled their police reform bill, which calls to strip police of liability protections and impose new restrictions on the use of force. The Democratic party has downplayed calls from the more radical elements on the activist Left to defund the police, a proposal that President Donald Trump has eagerly sought to highlight.
Trump, who stoked the culture wars with his opposition to ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protests, has revived his criticism of the NFL after New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees apologized for defending the American flag. Trump has called for “no kneeling” as lawmakers, police, and even military troops have been seen kneeling — in solidarity or submission, depending on your point of view — in protest of police brutality.
If it wasn’t melodramatic, cynical, and over the top, it wouldn’t be Pelosi.