House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on CNN Monday that police chokeholds were no different from “a lynching” and that she was confident Republican lawmakers would agree to the ban the police tactic in the Democrats’ impending bill.

CNN host Wolf Blitzer asked Pelosi, “Would it be a deal-breaker if Senate Republicans don’t include an outright ban on chokeholds?”

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Pelosi: ‘I can’t imagine they wouldn’t have a ban on chokeholds’

Pelosi replied, “I can’t imagine they wouldn’t have a ban on chokeholds. Let’s get reasonable.”

“A chokehold is a lynching,” Pelosi said. “That’s strangulation. It’s a lynching. I think that is almost like the lowest common denominator, but again I will leave it up to my negotiators, because as you know in a negotiation, it’s not what’s in or out, it’s the sum total of the different impact that the legislation will have in justice and policing.”


“I think that the legislation for my members, from what I have heard them say, does it have a chokehold ban?” Pelosi said. “That’s one of the basic questions that people ask. Look at what we’re talking about here.”

Pelosi: ‘Let’s see what we can do. I mean, chokeholds?’

“People who have been so  — just had such injustice in terms of policing and the lives of so many people in our country,” she continued. “Let’s do the best we can, not the minimum that we can in this. This is about justice. It’s about redressing past grievances. It’s about, let’s see what we can do. I mean, chokeholds?”

“Am I missing something here?,” the House Speaker concluded.

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