Massachusetts Democratic congresswoman and "Squad" member Ayanna Pressley is now alleging that President Trump's coronavirus response is "akin to war crimes," saying the administration's bungling of the pandemic - which she never quite detailed - is disproportionately affecting America's minority communities.
“So as far as I’m concerned, what’s happening with this administration, it’s akin to war crimes — criminal negligence, science denials, a sluggish response,” Pressley alleged during an online press conference Monday, without explaining exactly what “crimes” the Trump administration is supposedly committing.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley: "As far as I'm concerned, what's happening with this administration is akin to war crimes." pic.twitter.com/pnirlXPH7e— The Hill (@thehill) April 21, 2020
“We find ourselves in the position of playing catch up in the midst of a pandemic,” she went on. “Which is the last place that you want to be in the midst of any public health crisis and certainly not a pandemic, is working from behind.”
The Democratic lawmaker went on to say that the coronavirus – and Trump’s supposedly slow response to it – is disproportionately killing black and low-income Americans.
“We just have to reject any calls for a return to normal, because that normal is one that was slowly killing people,” Pressley continued. “That normal was one that did not provide adequate health care, that normal is one that abandoned our most vulnerable communities in times of crisis.”
“This truly is a crisis within a crisis,” she said. “With this fourth stimulus package… we have a responsibility to repair the systemic injustices, systemic and structural injustice. The fact that this is being disproportionately bore by black and brown communities is no surprise to anyone on this phone.”