The COVID-19, or novel coronavirus pandemic, and the protests over racial injustice have caused a lot of political tension across the country with many blaming the failures of both issues on the leadership of the Trump administration with President Trump’s refusal to issue federal mandates to ensure social distancing measures, leaving it up to states to choose how they handle the viral outbreak.
This week, U.S Rep. Ayanna Pressley went on AM Joy on MSNBC to express her sentiments on the failures of the Trump administration, stating that there should be “unrest in the streets” over the president’s refusal to take the concerns of the American people seriously concerning both situations. This includes issues with the U.S Postal Service as the country gets closer to the election where many will have to depend on mail-in ballots, accusing Trump of voter suppression. Pressley says it is time for the public to demand that their GOP representatives be held accountable for their actions.
“This is as much about public outcry, organizing and mobilizing and applying pressure,” Pressley said in the interview. “Make the phone calls, send the emails, show up. You know, there needs to be unrest in the streets for as long as there’s unrest in our lives.”
Conservatives on Twitter came out harshly criticizing Pressley’s comments as “unhinged” and “horrible,” seeing it as a way to create more division during a time of political unrest.
I really hate the “whataboutism” line of discourse but sometimes it is just too appropriate.
Imagine Jim Jordan saying that Republicans should target Democratic officials, such as Rep. Pressley, with unrest? You know what the response would entail.
— Bel Aves (@BelAves) August 15, 2020
These unhinged idiots think this applies to everyone but them. We’ve seen the “protestors” show up at people’s homes who say they support the unrest. They will come for you, Pressley.
— Just another test (@gjwriter) August 15, 2020