Hate and anger for President Trump and his supporters seems to be working for Democrat newcomers in primary elections, but will it be enough to bring Democrat and Independent voters to the polls in the general election?
Democrat Ayanna Pressley on Tuesday defeated 10-term incumbent Rep. Michael Capuano in one of the biggest upsets of this year’s primary season. With no Republican challenger, she will almost certainly go on to represent Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District, which is solidly blue and the only majority-minority district in the state.
Pressley, a 44-year-old Chicago native and Boston city council member, joins New York progressive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a growing list of women and men of color challenging establishment Democrats from the left—and winning.
Pressley is backed by Ocasio-Cortez, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, and the Boston Globe, and is running on several key liberal issues, including gun control, fighting income inequality, and “empowering women and girls.” Pressley campaigned with the slogan, “Change can’t wait” and released this video, titled “The Power of US,” a few days before Tuesday’s primary. –Mother Jones
Oh, the irony of a Democrat candidate so blinded by hate that she doesn’t even realize her entire campaign is based on hate for anyone who isn’t like her.
NBC News tweeted a video of Pressley raging against President Trump:
“While our president is a racist, misogynistic, truly empathy-bankrupt man,” the conditions which have made [MA-07] one of most unequal in America was cemented through policy long before he ever descended the escalator in Trump Tower.”
Watch Pressley’s speech:
WATCH: "While our president is a racist, misogynistic, truly empathy-bankrupt man," the conditions that made MA-07 one of most unequal in America was cemented in policy long before Trump, Ayanna Pressley says in primary election victory speech. pic.twitter.com/DGlnQMrFGC
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 5, 2018