Following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police last month, Republican Sen. Tim Scott (SC) helped construct a piece of legislation dealing with police reform.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), however, signaled that she would be opposing the bill and accused the GOP of trying to “get away with murder” — an incendiary remark for which she apparently has no remorse, as the Washington Examiner‘s Becket Adams wrote in an op-ed published Wednesday.
Specifically, according to Adams, Pelosi said Republicans in favor of the Senate proposal were complicit in the death of Floyd, who was seen in a cell phone video pleading for help while a Minneapolis cop kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes during an encounter that ended in his death.
“What’s the compromise?”
During a CBS News interview on Tuesday, Pelosi complained that the GOP proposal does not contain a complete ban on the use of chokeholds.
“We’re saying, ‘No chokeholds.’ They’re saying, ‘Maybe,'” she stated, according to a separate report from the Examiner. “There’s a big difference here. What’s the compromise? Some chokeholds? I don’t see what the compromise is.”
The House speaker went on to describe the Republican bill as a “bare-leaves, unsalvageable piece of legislation,” accusing its supporters of “trying to get away with murder, actually — the murder of George Floyd.”
In an MSNBC appearance the following day, she flatly declined an invitation to apologize for her controversial remarks, as the Daily Caller reported.
“Absolutely, positively not,” Pelosi said, adding that she believes the news media has given Republicans “far too much credit for a bill that does nothing.”
For his part, Scott shared scorching criticism for Democratic efforts to stymie his bill, describing party leaders’ roles in the process as “despicable.”
In an interview with Fox News personality Sean Hannity, he accused Democrats of not being “serious about police reform” but instead using it “as a campaign issue this November.”
Scott went on to praise President Donald Trump’s executive order calling for, among other provisions, the establishment of a national database listing officers with complaints filed against them. He said the president’s response “has been nearly perfect” and the order “went further” than he believed possible.
As with almost any proposal put forth by Trump and Republican lawmakers, Pelosi is on the record with her disapproval. Her reluctance to apologize after tying them to the murder of George Floyd, however, seems extreme even by her standards.