Republican Sen. Tim Scott (SC) is the leading force behind a policing bill currently being considered in the upper chamber, but Democrats have already declared that it is a non-starter, as NBC News reports.
One of the reform legislation’s most vocal opponents is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and she has been met with backlash over her scandalous claim that the proposal — and its failure to fully ban police use of chokeholds — is akin to the GOP “trying to get away with murder,” as USA Today reports.
Pelosi blasts GOP policing bill
“We’re saying no chokeholds,” Pelosi said in reference to one of her key disagreements with the Republican proposal. “They’re not saying no chokeholds. I mean, there’s a big difference there.
“What’s the compromise? Some chokeholds? I don’t see what the compromise is. So far they’re trying to get away with murder, actually. The murder of George Floyd,” she added.
The House speaker previously referred to the use of chokeholds by police as “lynching,” according to the Washington Examiner. Yet in 2019, Police magazine published an article detailing the fact that a properly applied arterial choke is less dangerous to a suspect than the application of blunt force trauma.
Schumer: Legislation “not salvageable”
According to USA Today, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has also registered his opposition to the bill’s contents.
“We will not meet this moment by holding a floor vote on the JUSTICE Act, nor can we simply amend this bill, which is so threadbare and lacking in substance that it does not even provide a proper baseline for negotiations,” Schumer stated. “This bill is not salvageable and we need bipartisan talks to get to a constructive starting point,” the Senate minority leader continued.
Schumer also took issue with Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso, who accused Democrats of attempting to put reform legislation “in a chokehold.”
“The fact that they’re joking about chokeholds instead of actually banning them shows that the Republicans never took this seriously,” he said.
Meanwhile, Republicans have defended the bill, arguing that Democrats like Pelosi are out of line and failing to work on a plausible solution. Ken Farnaso, deputy press secretary for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, lashed out at Pelosi on Twitter, saying: “The Speaker of the House is an insufferable race-baiting [politician] who would much rather see no action done than allow change to happen under [Trump’s] leadership.
“She accused Republicans for ‘trying to get away with murder,’” Faraso further complained, suggesting that Pelosi should “say it to [Sen. Scott’s] face.”
National Republican Campaign Committee spokesman Michael McAdams weighed in as well, saying, “Nancy Pelosi needs to immediately apologize to Republicans for her deplorable accusations.” Many of the GOP’s supporters would surely agree.