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Pelosi: Republicans Are Trying To Get Away With Murder Of George Floyd, I Will Absolutely Not Apologize

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she will absolutely, positively not apologize for her statement that Senate Republicans are trying to get away with the murder of George Floyd.


PETER ALEXANDER, MSNBC: Madam Speaker, let me ask you, if I can, right now about police reform, obviously, a major issue, as we see this wave of protests continuing across the country right now.

You have echoed your Democratic colleagues who have said that the Republican bill is, in their words and in your words, unsalvageable.

When you were speaking yesterday, you said that Republicans are -- quote -- "trying to get away with murder, actually, the murder of George Floyd."

Senate Republicans are demanding an apology for that statement. Will you apologize?

SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI: Absolutely, positively not.

The fact is, when people say -- I think you, frankly, in the press have given them far too much credit for a bill that does nothing. They're saying, well, you have their bill, they have theirs.

Yes, our bill does something. Theirs does nothing. With all due respect...

ALEXANDER: Is Tim Scott working in good faith? Is this a good starting point?

PELOSI: I'm talking about Mitch McConnell. I'm talking about Mitch McConnell.

Mitch McConnell could -- could open this up again and have an open Judiciary Committee consideration of a bill, where they could come together and get something done.

The reason we have overwhelming support across the country, young people, sports figures, big-time names in the people of color communities and the rest, is, that bill gets something done.

So, when you all in the press say, well, can't you compromise, no, we can't compromise if you say no choke holds, and they say some choke holds. What's the compromise? Fewer choke holds? No. No choke holds.

But that -- we have to have some fundamental stipulation of fact that certain things are wrong. Their bill is a nonstarter. I had hoped and kept the door open to the thought that maybe they will come up with something that could be mateable or reconcilable.

But they haven't. And it's most unfortunate to see that the United States Senate, Republicans, can ignore hundreds of thousands of people in the streets of America across the country day in, week in, now month, for a long period of time, speaking out for justice in policing respecting those who do their jobs correctly, but also recognizing there are those who do not.

And so the legislation that we have put forth is one piece. There's more that we should all be doing. But this is one piece that we thought would have consensus.

But what the president put forth and what the Republicans are putting forth is to hijack words, but take no action, so make no difference.

But it's not too late. Mitch McConnell can take the good faith of Tim Scott or other members who may want to cooperate and write a bill in a bipartisan way in their Judiciary Committee, and see
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