AOC, Warren and Harris among notable politicians protesting for George Floyd


Members of Congress on both sides of the political aisle are being spotted among the thousands of demonstrators protesting the murder of George Floyd.

On Tuesday evening, protesters gathering outside the White House were joined by former 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who was seen alongside her husband Bruce Mann and their golden retriever Bailey.

Speaking to a Washington Post reporter who spotted her at the demonstration, Warren said she had decided just 30 minutes prior to come out and support the protesters.

“I’m here today because nothing changes if we don’t speak out. It is not enough to stay comfortable in our homes and offices and say we stand in solidarity,” the Massachusetts senator said, “It’s important that we get out on the front lines and call out racism everywhere.”

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) also marched with protesters in the nation’s capital, joining the demonstrations on Saturday.

Harris wrote of her experience taking part in the protests in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Sentinel published Wednesday.

“I was proud to stand with protestors marching outside the White House in Washington, D.C. As we marched, I was heartened by how many people—from all races, ethnicities, and walks of life—joined our rallying cry that enough is enough.

“Enough with excessive force at the hands of police officers who took an oath to protect and serve our communities. Enough with being treated as less than human. Enough of living in fear that someone we love could be next,” the California senator wrote.

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) marched in his home state on Saturday, tweeting out a picture of himself walking alongside a group of protesters.

“I was proud to march today with fellow Delawareans protesting the killing of George Floyd and the unjust deaths of so many other African Americans. We must demand justice for George Floyd and actions to address structural racism,” the Delaware Democrat, who occupies presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s Senate seat, wrote on Twitter.

In the House, multiple congresspeople representing the state of Texas were seen at Tuesday’s protest in Houston. Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee (D), Sylvia Garcia (D), Lizzie Fletcher (D), Al Green (D) and Will Hurd (R) took part in the demonstrations based in Floyd’s hometown.

Hurd, who is retiring after this term, wrote in a tweet that he was marching “in solidarity with George Floyd’s family.”

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty and Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin try to intervene as Columbus Police use pepper spray on protesters on South High Street near the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty and Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin try to intervene as Columbus Police use pepper spray on protesters on South High Street near the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, OhioThe Columbus Dispatch via AP

“We are showing you can be outraged by a black man getting murdered in police custody, thankful for our First Amendment rights and angered that people are looting and rioting, which goes against our American values,” he continued.

In New York, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was seen handing out masks to protest attendees in her home district of Queens.

“Wear your masks, let’s go!” the Democratic socialist could be heard saying to those marching past.

While taking part in demonstrations in the city of Columbus on Saturday, Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) was pepper-sprayed by officers trying to disperse the crowds toward the end of the event.

Videos of the incident began circulating on Twitter showing the Ohio Congresswoman urging fellow protesters to not escalate the situation with police.

Beatty could be heard making comments like “Don’t excite them,” and “This is wrong, stop, stop!” before being hit with the pepper spray.

Asked by The Atlantic if she thought the situation could have been handled differently by the officers involved, the Congresswoman said “I believe so. I think it was unnecessary force.”


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