Pelosi gaffe: House Speaker says police reform bill is worthy of "George Kirby's" name

by Bryan Brammer · Jun 26th, 2020 4:08 pm

Last Updated Jun 29th, 2020 at 12:19 pm

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi misspoke on Friday when she said a Democratic bill on police reform, named after George Floyd, was worthy of "George Kirby's name."


While speaking to reporters, Pelosi said she told George Floyd's brother that she would recommend to the Judiciary Committee and the Congressional Black Caucus to name a new police reform bill after his deceased brother.

"And I said 'I'll recommend that to the Judiciary Committee and to the Congressional Black Caucus who have shaped the bill, but I only will do that if you tell me that this legislation is worthy of George Kirby's name,' and he said it is, and so we're very proud, we're very proud to carry that," Pelosi said.

Pelosi meant to refer to George Floyd, who died in police custody on Memorial Day. George Kirby was an African-American comedian and singer who died in 1995.

Pelosi's gaffe wasn't the only Floyd-related gaffe by Democrats this week. On Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer referred to "Floyd Taylor" — accidentally combining the names of Floyd and Breonna Taylor, who was also killed by police earlier this year.

A member of Trump's reelection campaign immediately pointed out the Democrats' blunders.

So Nancy Pelosi referred to George Floyd as "George Kirby" and Chuck Schumer called him "Floyd Taylor" and "George Taylor." These are the people blocking police accountability legislation.


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