In an interview on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” on Saturday, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) said there should be “riots in the streets” because President Trump and his political allies have turned a “deaf ear” to what she sees as Americans’ concerns.
“This is as much about public outcry, organizing and mobilizing and applying pressure,” Pressley said, after mentioning steps Democratic lawmakers can take, “so that this GOP-led Senate and these governors that continue to carry water for this administration, putting American people in harm’s way, turning a deaf ear to the needs of our families and our communities—hold them accountable.”
And she closed her remarks by saying: “You know, there needs to be unrest in the streets for as long as there’s unrest in our lives.”
Pressley’s comments are particularly controversial considering that for more than three months the violence in the main cities of the United States has not stopped, leaving several dead, hundreds injured and detained, and millions of dollars in losses in shops and supermarkets that have been looted by violent demonstrators.
Criticism was not long in coming, especially from his Republican opponents. Such is the case with Rayla Campbell, Pressley’s only opposition in the upcoming Massachusetts election, who said on Twitter: “Presley wants Boston to resemble Portland or Chicago. Her bigotry and violence is not welcome here in Massachusetts. Please Write Me In September 1 primary to get me on the ballot and send Antifa Ayanna back to Chicago, where she’s from.
She wants Boston to resemble Portland or Chicago. Her bigotry and violence is unwelcome here in Massachusetts. Please Write Me In September 1st primary to get me on the ballot and send Antifa Ayanna back to Chicago where she's from.https://t.co/fythmnj0nR
— RaylaForCongress (@Rayla4Congress) August 16, 2020
During the interview, Pressley focused her criticism on an alleged ‘dismantling’ of the United States Postal Service by the Trump administration, which, according to her, makes it impossible for many people to vote.
Her comments come as a result of the dispute in Congress over the Democrats’ demand for additional funding for the postal service and mail voting.
President Trump, a fierce critic of absentee voting, blamed Democrats for delaying the CCP’s anti-virus stimulus package precisely because these demands are hampering and delaying negotiations.
“They want $3.5 billion for something that’ll turn out to be fraudulent—that’s election money basically. (…) Now, they need that money in order to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots” Trump said during an interview Thursday with Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network.
So far, Pressley has not given any explanation for her controversial statements.