Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC), the third-highest ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, defended House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday for comments she made earlier this week suggesting that George Floyd sacrificed himself for justice.
Clyburn, who was standing near Pelosi when she made the remarks, told CNN on Thursday that he understood what the speaker was trying to say and chalked up her phrasing to a mere grammar mix-up.
“I realized what she meant,” said Clyburn. “My goodness. All of us sometimes put the infinitive in the wrong place. It was ‘for having sacrificed your life,’ rather than ‘sacrificing.’ She just used the wrong infinitive, and I wish we all had time to consult our grammar books every time we got ready to speak. We don’t do that.”
“So she meant absolutely nothing by that but exactly what she corrected in her tweet,” he said, adding: “He did sacrifice his life, maybe against his will, but he did.”
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