WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA)issued a statement denouncing the hateful rhetoric and death threats directed towards Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN):
“I always have and always will stand in opposition to any and all forms of hatred and discrimination, including white supremacy, racism, transphobia, ableism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, islamophobia and xenophobia– there is no hierarchy of hurt. This week, Congresswoman Omar and her loved ones have had their humanity threatened, both by the general public and by government officials.
“This is unconscionable. We should have equity in our outrage.
“As representatives of the people, we should be promoting civil discourse and denouncing all forms of hate, specifically the hate spewing from the Trump Administration that has normalized hate across the nation. The occupant of this White House is seeding every form of hate, emboldening it with racist rhetoric and prejudice policies. His discriminatory, misogynistic and racist behavior has put our democracy and our humanity in jeopardy. We must center our dialogue on those too often marginalized and work towards building common ground and understanding so we can best serve the American people.”