The more I watch Nancy Pelosi over the last year, the more I’m starting think that it’s not just Joe Biden that is dealing with a severe mental decline. In her pressers, Pelosi often rambles and routinely sounds like she’s simultaneously trying to suck on a lemon while speaking.
But today, she made a more serious mistake while touting the House’s police reform bill, which will no doubt be an absolute dumpster fire of overreach.
We’ve just spent a month dealing with protests, riots, and looting related to the killing of George Floyd. His name has been everywhere. Yet, here is Pelosi trying to brag about putting his name on her bill and she calls him “George Kirby.” You can’t make this stuff up.
It’s hilarious, but it’s also a sad indictment of how shallow our politics are. Pelosi doesn’t care about George Floyd. She can’t even be bothered to remember his name. But she sees political gains in having her party block Tim Scott’s Senate police reform bill, so tell Schumer to nuke it and try to pander from her chamber based on nothing but pure partisanship. It’s cynical and gross, especially to those of us that actually care about reasonable solutions being implemented.
So who is George Kirby?
I want you to try to imagine Donald Trump making this mistake.
If the President did a presser and mis-named George Floyd like this, it’d lead CNN for a month. It would be used as absolute proof of his supposed callousness and uncaring nature toward black Americans. The New York Times would print dozens of op-eds decrying how unserious Republicans are about police violence and protecting black lives. Brian Stelter would quite literally melt into a pool of goo.
But because it’s Nancy Pelosi, this won’t even make a blip. That’s media bias in action. Omission is their biggest weapon and they wield it well.