Freshman Dem lawmaker says Trump brought dishonor to his office with shutdown

Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyPelosi: Dems may get to impeachment, but 'we're not there yet' Dems seek to rein in calls for impeachment Hillary Clinton celebrates Indivisible founders' inclusion on Time 100 list MORE (D) took aim at President TrumpDonald John TrumpForget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Lara Trump: Merkel admitting migrants 'one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany' Financial satisfaction hits record high: survey MORE on the House floor Tuesday afternoon as a partial government shutdown continued into its 18th day, accusing the president of bringing "dishonor" to the Oval Office.

In a speech to her fellow lawmakers, Pressley called the ongoing shutdown of about one-fourth of the federal government a "Trump-generated crisis” that “has brought a tsunami of hurt," according to a Boston CBS affiliate.

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“Sir, you dishonor that oath. You devalue the life of the immigrant, the worker and the survivor. I see right through you and so do the American people," Pressley said, according to the CBS affiliate.

"I rise today in support of the American people who believe in the promise of this nation, and ask for honest pay for an honest day's work," she added, referring to thousands of government workers who remain furloughed as of this week.

Pressley also attacked Trump for demanding that a funding bill to reopen the government include funding for a border wall, saying that the shutdown crisis had nothing to do with border security.

A freshman lawmaker, Pressley was elected in an uncontested race in November following her surprising defeat of Rep. Michael CapuanoMichael (Mike) Everett CapuanoHillary Clinton celebrates Indivisible founders' inclusion on Time 100 list Progressive Dem lays into party over new policy: I'm really disappointed Progressives hammer DCCC over blacklist targeting primary challenges MORE (D-Mass.) in her district's primary election two months earlier.

A native of Chicago, Pressley ran on a vocally progressive platform in her primary, including support for abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an issue that has grown in popularity among progressives in recent months.