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Nancy Pelosi presents flag to George Floyd’s family, sparks major outrage

Critics say the gesture was an 'insult to our service members.'

Many Americans are outraged after seeing a picture of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) presenting an American flag to the family of George Floyd recently. The picture has been located on Pelosi’s official Twitter feed among a collection of photos involving the Floyd family, and has since been circulating across social media sites.

Pelosi’s Twitter post reads, “Philonise Floyd’s heart-wrenching testimony to @HouseJudiciary left its mark on us all. May this flag, which flew over the Capitol on the day of his brother’s murder, serve as a symbol of our shared commitment to securing justice for George and for all victims of police violence.”

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The response to her post from Twitter users came fast and furious: “It was @SpeakerPelosi who presented that flag to George Floyd’s family… This is an INSULT to our American service men and women!!! Let her know how you feel!!!”

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“If I would have died in the middle East as a contractor, I’m not even sure I could have been shipped home without a charter flight, let alone the honor of getting any kind of military rights and, with a record like this, I wouldn’t have a job.”

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“A disgrace! Pelosi just spit on every American soldier who has does for this country. You are pathetic as well the rest of the #DoNothingDemocrats”

Prior to moving to Minneapolis to allegedly turn his life around, George Floyd had served time in Texas for armed robbery, according to the UK’s Daily Mail. He also had numerous other arrests on his record. In total, he had five separate jail stints according to a Daily Mail investigation that cited criminal and court records. Floyd’s criminal records date back to the 1990s.

While it is certainly commendable that Floyd was reportedly trying to turn his life around at the time of his untimely death and absolutely did not deserve to die while in police custody, the honor bestowed on his family angered Americans who saw the gesture as inappropriate pandering on Pelosi’s part.

Perhaps the focus should be on getting Mr. Floyd and his family justice by retraining any officers out there who need it, and reforming any rules of engagement that are causing more harm than good. Let’s leave the political stunts for another day.

Amy Johnston
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Amy Johnston is a LifeZette Special Correspondent, registered nurse, entrepreneur, and a voice for grassroots conservative political movements. She has spent over two decades working as a management consultant within the healthcare sector and serves her community as a volunteer in the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps.

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