Freshman Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) on Tuesday tore into President Donald Trump's reckless disregard for human well-being in a fiery speech on the floor of the House of Representatives.
"I rise today in opposition to the occupant of the White House," Pressley said. "Mr. Trump, you took an oath just as I did five days ago to protect and defend the Constitution and the American people."
Pressley drove a stake through Trump:
"You devalue the life of the immigrant, the worker, and the survivor. I see right through you and so do the American people."
.@RepPressley "I rise today in opposition to the occupant of the White House…I see right through you and so do the… https://t.co/tPFnfEfyiy— CSPAN (@CSPAN) 1546983068.0
Pressley then assailed the president over the ongoing government shutdown - the third of his presidency - now on its 20th day with no end in sight.
"This has nothing to do with border security. Your shutdown, another Trump-generated crisis, brought a tsunami of hurt to the American people. So today I rise to lift the voices of the unheard. I rise today on behalf of the families concerned about feeding their children because their WIC benefits will run dry. I rise today in solidarity with the thousands of workers with calloused hands and broken spirits working for no pay. I rise today in support of the survivor fleeing violent hands, seeking safety only to find the shelter door locked because of your shutdown. 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. Today I rise as one and I stand as thousands."
Upon finishing her speech, Pressley was "reminded" that members are to "refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president."
Undeterred, Pressley turned to Twitter to trumpet her opposition to Trump and his holding the government and the American people hostage.
"Mr. Trump," wrote Pressley, "I see right through you and so do the American people."
Mr. Trump, I see right through you and so do the American people.— Ayanna Pressley (@Ayanna Pressley) 1547003384.0
Yeah we do.
@AyannaPressley Ugh. I wish I could see through him. Oh, you meant that metaphorically.— QUID PRO ‘BO (@QUID PRO ‘BO) 1547003529.0
@AyannaPressley Most of American people anyway. Others not so much. #TheLiesWeAllTellOurselves— end op·pres·sion (@end op·pres·sion) 1547050514.0
@AyannaPressley 40% of American people don't see the truth about @RealDonaldTrump. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! 🚨BAD LEADERSHIP CAN NOT BE IGNORED!!!🚨— Demetrius Gibson (@Demetrius Gibson) 1547004309.0
@AyannaPressley We all do— michelle redmond (@michelle redmond) 1547087441.0
@AyannaPressley Amen Amen❤❤❤— Renée W. (@Renée W.) 1547068068.0
Pressley's powerful words resounded on social media.
Backing down is not an option.
@cspan @RepPressley “I rise as ONE and stand as THOUSANDS!” Thank you!— Sandra Moran (@Sandra Moran) 1546987268.0
@cspan @RepPressley I love this woman and so proud she represents my state.— Sue Modrak (@Sue Modrak) 1547005036.0
@cspan @RepPressley Thank you! We rise!— Karen Haycox (@Karen Haycox) 1547007590.0
@purduewilly @cspan @RepPressley Ridding the planet of the Trump presidency is the number one thing they can do to help the American people.— Jae Gregory (@Jae Gregory) 1547007715.0
@cspan @AyannaPressley @RepPressley You have a powerful and moving gift-and the courage just shines through in that… https://t.co/ur3udhQvSa— Area Child Psychiatrist (@Area Child Psychiatrist) 1547010282.0
@cspan @AprilDRyan @RepPressley "THE OCCUPANT OF THE WHITE HOUSE" yes more of this please @AyannaPressley— NorahBrink (@NorahBrink) 1547043480.0
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