Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts’s seventh District went on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Tuesday. They talked about hate, impeachment, immigration, and extra.
Pressley is a member of the “Squad” of freshman congresswomen that obtained nationwide consideration after being the topic of a number of tweetstorms by the commander in chief.
“I call him ‘The Occupant.’ He is just occupying space.”
“He does not honor the integrity or the responsibility or the empathy or the compassion, and so for that reason I call him ‘The Occupant.’ Not because I dishonor the office, but because he does.”
“I’m much more focused on the impact beyond hateful rhetoric of hateful policies and the harm that that is causing the people in this country.”
“It’s a distraction, but I won’t give short shrift to the fact that it does embolden really bad things and endanger people’s lives. I think El Paso happened because of that kind of hateful and xenophobic and racist rhetoric.”
“For anyone that says we can wait, I think, you know, they’re not experiencing the real fear and fragility that people are living with every day.”
“People that I represent in the Massachusetts 7th for many reasons feel that fear and that fragility, and especially the fact that my district is 40 percent immigrant. So we can’t wait.”
“The system is doing what it was designed to do. And that is to separate families and to decimate communities, and we’ve been here before. We were here at the auction blocks during slavery, we were here with indigenous people on reservations. We know that it is a very effective tool of oppression to separate families and in particular to take a child from the arms of a mother. It’s just unconscionable. I’m still haunted by what I observed at the border. This simply cannot stand.”
“This is yet another attack, and a strategic, coordinated attack, on the dehumanizing and criminalizing and the vilifying of immigrants.”