Pressley says 'the cruelty is the point' for Trump in response to speech

Pressley says 'the cruelty is the point' for Trump in response to speech
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Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyMaryland Legislative Black Caucus pushes for state to release racial breakdown of coronavirus impact Pressley experiencing flu-like symptoms, being tested for COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Airbnb - Senate overcomes hurdles, passes massive coronavirus bill MORE (D-Mass.), in delivering the Working Families Party response to President TrumpDonald John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders MORE’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, referenced an article arguing “the cruelty is the point” for Trump and his administration.

“For Donald J. Trump, the cruelty is the point,” Pressley said, quoting a 2018 essay written by The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer. “Over the past year, I’ve seen the bigotry and hatred from this administration firsthand. I visited a detention center on the border and sat with immigrant mothers separated from their children and denied the basic necessities of life.”

“Before I was even sworn in, I sat with advocates and survivors who opposed the nomination of Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughCoronavirus isn't the only reason Congress should spend less time in DC Progressives urge Democrats to hear from federal judge deeply critical of Roberts, conservatives Trump Jr. says he inherited 'Tourette's of the thumbs' from his father MORE to the Supreme Court, and later, I stood on those same steps to speak out against draconian attacks on the right to safe, legal abortion," she added.

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Pressley described her experience as a member of the House Oversight Committee and its questioning of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonWhite House slams pastor leading Cabinet Bible studies for linking homosexuality, coronavirus Conservative group hits Trump for coronavirus response in new ad On The Money: Senate sends coronavirus aid package to Trump | Lawmakers race to draft next stimulus | Stocks close with steep loses | Treasury offers guidance on deferring tax payments MORE, who, she said, “refused to say out loud if safe housing is a human right.”

“Every day … we see the impact of an administration that emboldened white nationalists and promotes bigotry,” Pressley added. “Tonight, I want to remind Donald J. Trump that I see right through him, the American people see right through him.”

The Working Families Party is a progressive political organization that has endorsed Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMaryland Legislative Black Caucus pushes for state to release racial breakdown of coronavirus impact Hillicon Valley: T-Mobile, Sprint complete merger | Warren pushes food delivery apps to classify workers as full employees | Lawsuit accuses Zoom of improperly sharing user data Warren calls on food delivery apps to classify workers as full employees MORE's (D-Mass.) presidential bid. Pressley has also endorsed Warren for president.

Pressley joined Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims Trump blasts Schumer over 'incorrect sound bites' on coronavirus Trump warns against 'partisan investigations' after Pelosi establishes select committee on virus response MORE (D-N.Y.), a fellow member of the “squad” of progressive freshman congresswomen, in boycotting Trump's third State of the Union address.

“I cannot in good conscience attend a sham State of the Union when I have seen firsthand the damage Donald J. Trump’s rhetoric and policies have inflicted on those I love and those I represent,” Pressley said in a statement earlier Tuesday.