House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic members of Congress adorned themselves in Kente cloth and took a knee during a moment of silence for George Floyd. Although the gesture was meant to inspire solidarity, the Democrats have drawn criticism from followers of the event on social media. 

According to CNN, more than 20 politicians joined Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in a ceremony to honor Floyd and other Black people killed due to police brutality at the Capitol's Emancipation Hall Monday. Pelosi gave an address and said the names of several young people murdered by police, like Tamir Rice, Philando Castile and Michael Brown, before taking a “kneel of silence” for eight minutes and 46 seconds.