“Squad” member Ayanna Pressley will deliver a response to President Trump’s SOTU address on behalf of a progressive organization that has endorsed Elizabeth Warren for President.
CNN reports Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts will deliver a response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night on behalf of the Working Families Party, a progressive organization that, like Pressley, has endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts in the Democratic presidential primary.
Pressley’s remarks will follow the official Democratic rebuttals, which will be given by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and, in Spanish, by Rep. Veronica Escobar of Texas. All three women were first elected to their current offices in 2018.
“What I intend to speak to is not the strength of our union, per se, but the strength of our movement,” Pressley said in an interview. “This is really a love letter to the activists and the foot soldiers who have made the victories possible and who will continue to make victories possible, to really champion and elevate and advance working families.”
This is the third consecutive year that the Working Families Party has tapped a progressive official to answer Trump. Pressley follows former Rep. Donna Edwards of Maryland, who spoke in 2018, and Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, who gave the 2019 response. The speech, which will be streamed live on the Working Families Party’s Facebook page, comes a day after the Iowa caucuses. Pressley is scheduled to make at least four stops for Warren — in Ames, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City — during a 24-hour period beginning on Friday afternoon.
Pressley said the decision to accept the Working Families Party’s invitation to give the speech was “a continuation of our partnership and justice work that we’ve already been doing,” and she praised Warren as a leader dedicated to that mission.