Republicans Offer Positive Reactions to Derek Chauvin's Guilty Verdict: 'Justice System Works'

Republican lawmakers offered their praise for the U.S. justice system after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty murdering George Floyd on Tuesday.

GOP members of Congress joined their Democratic colleagues in expressing largely positive reactions to the jury's decision to convict Chauvin of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Many also urged Americans to separate Chauvin's actions from the actions of other law enforcement officers and the justice system in general.

"For the past few weeks, 12 of our fellow Minnesotans diligently listened to the evidence presented by the defense and prosecution, and today, they have reached their verdict," Rep. Pete Stauber of Minnesota tweeted. "I thank the jurors for their service. These are not easy times, and it is my greatest hope that we all now find the strength to unify our communities and move forward together."

(1/3) For the past few weeks, 12 of our fellow Minnesotans diligently listened to the evidence presented by the defense and prosecution, and today, they have reached their verdict. I thank the jurors for their service.

— Pete Stauber (@RepPeteStauber) April 20, 2021

"There is no doubt in my mind that jury reached the right verdict," Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina said in a statement. "While this outcome should give us renewed confidence in the integrity of our justice system, we know there is more work to be done to ensure the bad apples do not define all officers ... We must all come together to help repair the tenuous relationship between law enforcement and Black and minority Americans."

My statement on the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/5FPHi0j4k0

— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) April 20, 2021

"George Floyd's death was tragic and should never happen to anyone in America," tweeted Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. "I am grateful today that justice appears to be served as we await sentencing."

George Floyd’s death was tragic and should never happen to anyone in America.

I am grateful today that justice appears to be served as we await sentencing.

— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) April 20, 2021

"Today, the American judicial system worked once again," Rep. María Elvira Salazar of Florida tweeted. "Derek Chauvin was held accountable for the murder of George Floyd. No man or woman is above the law, ever. Tonight, I pray for the Floyd family. We must continue to fix injustices in society."

Today, the American judicial system worked once again.

Derek Chauvin was held accountable for the murder of George Floyd. No man or woman is above the law, ever. Tonight, I pray for the Floyd family.

We must continue to fix injustices in society.

— Rep. María Elvira Salazar (@RepMariaSalazar) April 20, 2021

"Derek Chauvin had 17 misconduct investigations before he took the life of George Floyd. It's clear Chauvin's actions were sickening and irrefutable—he was a bad cop. Today's decision is justice for the Floyd family," Rep. Mark Green of Tennessee tweeted. "However, Chauvin is no reflection of the vast majority of men and women in blue who protect our freedoms with dignity, honor, and courage."

Derek Chauvin had 17 misconduct investigations before he took the life of George Floyd. It’s clear Chauvin’s actions were sickening and irrefutable—he was a bad cop. Today’s decision is justice for the Floyd family. /1

— Rep. Mark Green (@RepMarkGreen) April 20, 2021

"The murder of George Floyd was a heartbreaking tragedy," tweeted Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina. "Clashes with law enforcement should not end in death. Period. I pray our country can work peacefully toward needed change."

The murder of George Floyd was a heartbreaking tragedy. Clashes with law enforcement should not end in death. Period.

I pray our country can work peacefully toward needed change.

— Rep. Nancy Mace (@RepNancyMace) April 20, 2021

"The justice system works," Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio said, according to CNN's Manu Raju. "I said last summer that what happened to George Floyd was as wrong as wrong can be, and the justice system will work and that's what we saw happened."

Several conservative House Republicans offering no objections to the Chauvin verdict. Jim Jordan: “The justice system works.”
 
“I said last summer that what happened to George Floyd was as wrong as wrong can be, and the justice system will work and that's what we saw happened.”

— Manu Raju (@mkraju) April 20, 2021

Jordan did indicate whether he agreed with the verdicts. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia also reportedly refused to react to the Chauvin's conviction when asked by a different CNN reporter, although she later claimed in a tweet that the verdict was the result of "threats" from Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) while calling the Black Lives Matter movement "domestic terrorists."

Earlier this week, Greene filed a motion to expel Waters from the House of Representatives. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy filed his own motion calling for her censure. McCarthy's resolution was rejected Tuesday by a vote of 216-210.

"BLM has now proven itself to be the most powerful domestic terrorists organization in our country," Greene tweeted. "After Maxine Waters threats could there have been any other verdict?"

BLM has now proven itself to be the most powerful domestic terrorists organization in our country.

After Maxine Waters threats could there have been any other verdict?

— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) April 20, 2021

Judge Peter A. Cahill is expected to sentence Chauvin in eight weeks. The three charges the former officer was convicted of carry a possible maximum combined sentence of 75 years in prison. On Monday, Chauvin waived his right to allow the jury to determine whether aggravating factors existed, leaving all sentencing decisions to Cahill.

Newsweek reached out to the Republican National Committee for comment.

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Rep. Jim Jordan leaves a meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on March 9, 2021. Win McNamee/Getty