Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday, June 24, reacted to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s remarks that Senate Republicans are trying to get away with the murder of George Floyd, saying that “is fine with” him.
During a Tuesday interview with CBS News Radio, Pelosi accused Republicans of being responsible for Floyd’s death, just one day after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set a date to vote on the GOP’s police reform legislation.
“The press has given them so much play for this unsalvageable piece of legislation and then say, ‘well, can’t you compromise with that?’ No, it’s because it is no and we are yes,” Pelosi said of GOP proposed police reform legislation.
“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. The murder of George Floyd,” she added.
The House Speaker said Wednesday she will not apologize for her comments. “Absolutely, positively not,” she said.
Nancy Pelosi asked if she will apologize for her despicable comment that Senate Republicans are “trying to get away with murder, actually — the murder of George Floyd.”
Pelosi: Absolutely, positively not. pic.twitter.com/GXo5pt2rNh
— America Rising (@AmericaRising) June 24, 2020
The GOP police reform bill—spearheaded by Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.), the only Black GOP senator, was blocked on Wednesday by Senate Democrats after the 55-45 procedural vote, it needed 60 votes in order to proceed. The bill would compile data on the use of force by police and the use of no-knock warrants as well as encourage agencies to do away with chokeholds by linking a ban to federal law enforcement grants, reported The Hill.
“If you present a bill, as Republicans have here in the Senate, that does nothing on accountability and say they are solving or dealing with the problem in even close to an adequate way, they are sadly mistaken,” said Schumer, calling the GOP bill “weak tea” and “junky.”
Scott ripped into Senate Democrats for stonewalling the bill and criticized Pelosi for her comments in a fiery speech on Senate floor.
“When Speaker Pelosi says one of the most heinous things I can imagine: that the Republicans are actually trying to cover up murder, the murder of George Floyd with our legislation, that’s not politics. That’s not a game to win. That’s you lose. You will sooner or later lose. But immediately every kid around the nation that heard that nonsense lost that moment,” Scott said.
“You see, what’s become evident to me is that she knows something that we all know. She knows that she can say that because the Democrats have a monopoly on the black vote. And no matter the return on their loyalty—I am telling you the most loyal part of the Democrat construct, black communities. And no matter the loyalty of the people, the return they get will always continue to go down because in monopolies, you start devaluing your customer,” Scott added.