Rep. Ayanna Pressley makes provocative call for “unrest in the streets”

by Peter Heck · Aug 17th, 2020 10:07 am

Last Updated Oct 14th, 2020 at 3:17 pm

In a provocative statement made on MSNBC's "AM Joy" program, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) made an explicit call for "unrest in the streets" until there is no unrest "in our lives."

Speaking with guest host Tiffany Cross, the member of the left-wing congressional "Squad" demanded "public outcry" and "applying pressure" to all lawmakers who ally themselves with President Trump.

"I'm looking to the public. You know, this is as much about public outcry, and organizing, and mobilizing, and applying pressure so that this GOP-led Senate and these governors that continue to carry water for this administration, putting the American people in harm's way, turning a deaf ear to the needs of our families and our communities, hold them accountable. Make the phone calls, send the emails, show up," Pressley said of Trump's allies. "There needs to be unrest in the streets for as long as there's unrest in our lives, and, unfortunately, there's plenty to go around."

This is far from the first time that Pressley has made such statements. She made similar remarks in June during the rioting that followed the killing of George Floyd.

"There will be unrest in the streets for as long as the is unrest in the lives of black Americans," Pressley told WGBH News at the time.

After her divisive remark on MSNBC, Cross offered no pushback.

"I have, I have no retort to that, congresswoman," Cross said. "That's, that's certainly accurate."


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