Rep. Ayanna Pressley Will Only Refer To Trump As “The Occupant”

Rep. Ayanna Pressley Will Only Refer To Trump As “The Occupant”

August 25, 2019 100 By Luis Garrison


>>Stephen: HEY, EVERYBODY! WELCOME BACK! FOLKS, MY NEXT GUEST IS THE
VERY FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN CONGRESSWOMAN TO BE ELECTED FROM
MASSACHUSETTS. SHE’S ALSO A MEMBER OF “THE
SQUAD.” PLEASE WELCOME, CONGRESSWOMAN
AYANNA PRESSLEY. ♪ ♪ ♪
( APPLAUSE ) ♪ ♪ ♪
( APPLAUSE )>>Stephen: THERE YOU GO. THANKS FOR BEING HERE.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME! I LOVE YOU BACK.>>Stephen: AS I SAID BEFORE,
JUST FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVEN’T BEEN PAYING ATTENTION,
YOU ARE A MEMBER OF “THE SQUAD,” AYANNA PRESSLEY, REPRESENTATIVE
ILHAN OMAR, ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ, AND
REPRESENTATIVE RASHIDA TLAIB. OBVIOUSLY, THE FIRST QUESTION I
HAVE TO ASK AND ANY NEWSMAN– I’M NOT ONE– BUT A NEWSMAN
WOULD ASK YOU THIS QUESTION.>>OKAY.>>Stephen: WHO IS MORE
POWERFUL YOUR SQUAD OR TAYLOR SWIFT’S?>>OBVIOUSLY OURS. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: YOU HAVE OVERSIGHT CAPABILITIES.>>WE HAVE OVERSIGHT
CAPABILITIES. OH, STEPHEN. LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. ( LAUGHTER )
GLI PUT YOU IN A CONFLICT WITH TAYLOR SWIFT. THAT’S WHAT WE MEDIA TYPES LIKE. WE JUST LIKE DRAMA.>>THAT’S ALL RIGHT. THAT’S ALL RIGHT.>>Stephen: NOW, THERE HAS
BEEN AN ONGOING… PUBLIC DRAMA BETWEEN YOU FOUR CONGRESS WOMEN,
ALL FRESHMEN, ALL WOMEN OF COLOR, AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE
UNITED STATES. WHAT GOES THROUGH YOUR MIND WHEN
YOU HEAR DONALD TRUMP CALL YOU A RACIST?>>OKAY. ( LAUGHTER )
THAT’S RICH. BUT, YOU KNOW, IN ALL
SERIOUSNESS, I DON’T CALL HIM WHAT YOU JUST CALLED HIM. I CALL HIM “THE OCCUPANT.” HE IS JUST OCCUPYING SPACE. ( APPLAUSE )
HE– I MEAN, WE– WE WENT FROM A PRESIDENT WHO SANG “AMAZING
GRACE” TO ONE WHO DISPLAYS ZERO OF IT. 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. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
AND SO– NOW– AND I WOULD SAY THAT —
>>Stephen: YOU’RE– YOU’RE CRUISING FOR A TWEET RIGHT NOW.>>THAT’S OKAY. AND I WOULD SAY– THIS IS A, YOU
KNOW, PREDICTABLE PROMPT FROM HIM AND A DISTRACTION FROM AN
ADMINISTRATION THAT IS CORRUPT AND CHAOTIC AND CALLOUS. AND I DO WANT TO JUST SAY THAT
ALTHOUGH I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR THE SOLIDARITY AND MYSELF AND MY
COLLEAGUES DID RECEIVE IN THE WAKE OF THOSE HATEFUL TWEETS, I
DID –>>Stephen: THE HOUSE
CONDEMNED HIM.>>THE HOUSE CONDEMNED HIM. BUT, YOU KNOW, THE SUPPORT FROM
OUR COLLEAGUES — ALTHOUGH NOT ALL OF THEM. BUT THE SUPPORT FROM OUR
COLLEAGUES AND OUR CONSTITUENTS AND JUST THE SOCIETY WRIT LARGE. HOWEVER, I DID FEEL LIKE I WAS
SITTING IN A PLACE OF PRIVILEGE, THAT WE WERE GETTING THIS KIND
OF ATTENTION IN THE SAME WEEK– AND IN FACT ON THE SAME DAY–
THAT ERIC GARNER’S FAMILY WAS DENIED JUSTICE. AND SO AS MUCH AS I AM IMPACTED
AND IT CAN BE HURTFUL THAT THERE ARE HATEFUL TWEETS, 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, AND THE RESIDENTS OF THE MASSACHUSETTS
SEVENTH THAT I WAS DELIVERED TO WASHINGTON ON A MANDATE TO
ADVOCATE FOR. SO THAT’S REALLY WHAT I’M
FOCUSED ON. IT’S A DISTRACT. I WON’T GIVE SHORT SHRIFT, THAT
IT EMBOLDENS DANGEROUS THINGS. I THINK EL PASO HAPPENED BECAUSE
OF THAT XENOPHOBIC AND RACIST RHETORIC.>>Stephen: IT OPENS A DOOR,
TACITLY CONDONES RACISTS –>>EXACTLY. IT EMBOLDENS, FANS THE FLAMES OF
THAT. THIS IS SOMEONE IN THE HIGHEST
OFFICE THE LAND WHO SHOULD BE EMBODYING GRACE AND DIGNITY AND
WE SHOULD BE A BEACON OF HOPE AND REFUGE. WE ARE LOSING OUR STANDING IN
THE WORLD BECAUSE OF THE ACTION OF THE OCCUPANT IN THE WHITE
HOUSE, AND THAT’S WHY WE CAN’T AFFORD FOUR MORE YEARS OF HIM. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).>>Stephen: I AGREE. ARE YOU AN IMPEACH– ARE YOU IN
FAVOR OF– PARDON MY IGNORANCE ON THIS ONE. ARE YOU IN FAVOR OF PURSUING
ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT?>>ABSOLUTELY. I MEAN, I DIDN’T GO TO CONGRESS
TO IMPEACH A PRESIDENT. THIS IS SMUG ENTER INTO WITH
GREAT, YOU KNOW, REALLY SOBER ABOUT. BUT THIS IS BIGGER THAN DONALD
TRUMP. I KNOW THAT, YOU KNOW, THEY LIKE
TO SAY THIS IS A PARTISAN WITCH HUNT, BUT THIS IS BIGGER THAN
HIM. THIS IS ABOUT THE OFFICE OF THE
PRESIDENCY. AND THIS IS ABOUT– 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, THE PEOPLE THAT I REPRESENT IN THE MASSACHUSETTS
SEVENTH, FOR MANY REASONS, FEEL THAT FEAR AND THAT FRAGILITY,
AND THE FACT THAT MY DISTRICT IS 40% IMMIGRANT. WE CAN’T WAIT.>>Stephen: LET’S TALK ABOUT–
40% OF YOUR DISTRICT ARE IMMIGRANTS. ARE THEY THOSE RICH ONES THAT
TRUMP WANTS TO HAVE IN THE COUNTRY? OR THE PEOPLE STRUGGLING TO MAKE
A BETTER LIFE IN THE UNITED STATES?>>WHAT YOU SAID.>>Stephen: THANK YOU VERY
MUCH.>>LAST ONE. LAST PART YOU.>>Stephen: SAY THE
IMMIGRATION SYSTEM NOW HAS BEEN TURNED INTO SYSTEM PUNITIVE
INSTEAD OF HUMANITARIAN. IF YOU COULD CHANGE THE
IMMIGRATION SYSTEM, IF YOU COULD JUST BUILT IT FROM SCRATCH, WHAT
WOULD BE SOME OF THE TENT POSTS OF OUR SYSTEM.>>YE, FIRST, LET ME SAY AS A
BLACK WOMAN I KNOW WHAT IT IS TO SHOW UP IN THE WORLD AND TO BE
CRIMINALIZED SIMPLY FOR HOW YOU SHOW UP IN THE WORLD. NONE OF US GET TO DECIDE WHERE
WE’RE BORN IN THE WORLD. AND THE FACT THAT WE ARE
CRIMINALIZING ASYLUM SEEKERS WHEN SEEKING ASYLUM IS A LEGAL
HUMAN RIGHT. WE NEED A PLAN THAT CENTERS AND
PRIORITIZES THE PRESERVATION OF FAMILIES, ALLOWING THEM TO SETH
INTO COMMUNITY WHILE THEY’RE AWAITING REVIEW OF A CASE. I VISITED THE BORDER AND, YOU
KNOW, WE KNOW THAT 80% OF THOSE THAT ARE INCARCERATED, OR BEING
DETAINED HAVE, SPONSORED. AND SO THEY COULD BE CONNECTED
WITH THOSE SPONSORS, FAMILY MEMBERS, SETTLING IN COMMUNITY
AND WAITING REVIEW OF THEIR CASE. THE OTHER THING IS WE NEED TO
NOT PIT OR TRADEOFF T.P.S., DACA, ASYLUM. THESE ARE MIXED IMMIGRATION
STATUS FAMILIES OF ASYLUM SEEKERS, T.P.S. HOLDERS AND WE
NEED A THAT IS IS COMPASSIONATE EXPAET HUMANE THAT WORKS. RIGHT NOW THE SYSTEM IS DOING
WHAT IT IS DESIGNED TO DO, AND THAT IS TO SEPARATE FAMILY 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 IT IS A VERY EFFECTIVE
TOOL OF OPPRESSION TO SEPARATE FAMILIES. AND IN PARTICULAR, TO TAKE A
CHILD FROM THE ARMS OF A MOTHER. AND IT’S JUST UNCONSCIONABLE. I’M STILL HAUNTED BY WHAT I
OBSERVED AT THE BORDER. SO, YOU KNOW, THIS SIMPLY CANNOT
STAND. AND THE FACT THAT THIS IS
OCCURRING ON AMERICAN SOIL AND WITH THE PUBLIC CHARGE RULING
WHAT WAS PROPOSED, OR ANNOUNCED, THIS IS YET ANOTHER ATTACK AND A
STRATEGIC, COORDINATED ATTACK ON THE DEHUMANIZING AND
CRIMINALIZING AND THE VILIFYING OF IMMIGRANTS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING
HERE.>>THANK YOU.>>Stephen: CONGRESSWOMAN AYANNA
PRESSLEY, EVERYBODY! WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH A
PERFORMANCE BY GOO GOO DOLLS.