Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday morning, an impassioned Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) made not only the case for Donald Trump to be convicted for sedition over the Jan. 6th Capitol riot, but also roped in Republicans who helped the ex-president encourage it.
Speaking with host Jake Tapper, Pressley got right down to it.
"If we really believe that this is a moment of reckoning in every way, then we must act accordingly. and that means that Donald J. Trump must be held accountable because he is culpable for having incited this insurrection by perpetuating this big lie" she began. "This House has twice done its job. He will forever be the twice-impeached president by the Democratic majority, and now the Senate must not only hold Donald Trump accountable but also to bar him from running for public office ever again."
"And then we know that he had accomplices who told on themselves in broad daylight," she continued. "They aided and abetted this insurrection by perpetuating this big lie and they must be expelled. Then we must continue investigating, Jake, so that any individuals or agencies that enabled this insurrection are taken into account."
"Let me say this: for those who continue to feign great surprise about what happened on January 6th, as a black woman, to be barricaded in my office using office furniture and water bottles, on the ground, in the dark, that terror, those moments of terror is familiar in a deep and ancestral way for me," she explained. "And I want us to do everything to ensure that a breach like this never occurs at the Capitol, but I want us to address the evil and scourge of white supremacy in this nation. This is not only about securing the Capitol to ensure that members and our staffs and custodial staff are safe in the Capitol, it is that we're safe in America. And one of the images I'm haunted by is the black custodial staff cleaning up the mess left by that violent white supremacist mob. That is a metaphor for America. We have been cleaning up after white supremacist mobs for centuries."
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