On Tuesday Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) accused the Trump administration of "criminal negligence," "science denials," and "a sluggish response" to the coronavirus outbreak that has left the U.S. in the position of playing "catch up." She likened the White House's actions to "war crimes."
"We have to reject any calls for a return to normal," she added.
What exactly did she mean by that? The "normal" that Pressley feared is one that "did not provide adequate health care" and one that abandoned our most vulnerable communities in times of crisis," she claimed.
The RNC's Liz Harrington came to a different conclusion.
This is unhinged and uncalled for— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) April 21, 2020
But note she says we must "reject any calls to return to normal."
"Normal" in America is freedom and prosperity. That is what we'll return to
We won't let the left use a pandemic to usher in their radical agenda pic.twitter.com/rQeujV7iYV
Pressley also questioned Trump's new decision to ban all immigration, calling him a "small, cruel man."
It takes a small, cruel man to try to distract us by vilifying immigrants.— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) April 21, 2020
40% of the families in my district are immigrants. They’re healthcare workers, teachers, parents. They’re the people saving lives. They’re the people making sure your family can eat.
But she was busy stymying the efforts on Capitol Hill too. Pressley was among the Democrats who rejected the Mitch McConnell-led deal that will funnel another $250 billion to small businesses under the Payment Protection Plan. For 12 days Democrats stalled on the deal. Pressley defiantly noted that Democrats should be even more "unapologetic" about their wishes.
So the congresswoman from Massachusetts has a lot of criticisms. But does she have any solutions?
"We need a response that will set a foundation for a just long-term economic recovery for all and that includes student debt cancelation for the 45 million crushed by the $1.6 trillion student debt crisis," she claimed during a virtual press conference.
As more than one astute Twitter user observed, politicians have been pretty keen on finding ways to use this crisis for their own political benefits.
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