Why does Nancy Pelosi want to name her police reform bill after a late black comedian?

Why does Nancy Pelosi want to name her police reform bill after a late black comedian?
Nancy Pelosi (Image: Twitter screen grab)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Friday that the police reform legislation that passed in the House almost entirely along party lines the day before would be named for comedian George Kirby.

I have watched some of Kirby’s work on YouTube (at 3:36 in the video found here, he does a spot-on impersonation of John Wayne), but I’m still a little hazy at why Pelosi wants to name a reform bill after him. His death 25 years ago was due to natural causes. And though he did have one brush with the law — he was arrested in 1977 for selling cocaine and heroin to an undercover cop — he lived a mostly righteous life. After serving three and a half years for his crime, he went around to schools lecturing young people about the evils of drugs.

George Kirby (Image: YouTube screen grab)

Pelosi’s peculiar invocation of the comedian’s name comes up at around 0:25 in the video that follows.

OK, the joke here — which is on Pelosi — is that the person she actually has un mind is George Floyd, a man whose name has been plastered all over the news for the last month. How perfectly rich that in presenting a bill meant to preserve his memory, she’s already forgotten his name. She also forgets the name of the Congressional Black Caucus, pausing uncomfortably long to wait for the cobwebs to clear. (RELATED: Tim Scott received racist voicemails, death threats while working on GOP police reform bill)

Pelosi isn’t the only Democrat to misidentify George Floyd. Here’s Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, who needs three tries to get the man’s name right.

Maybe to Democrats, all black names sound alike.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."