UPDATED 9:38 AM PT – Monday, July 18, 2022
Democrat Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D- Wash.) appears to be blaming former President Donald Trump for an up tick in violence across the country. During an interview on Sunday, she said it is not a coincidence that a Trump supporter targeted a prominent woman of color, referring to herself, for fighting against white supremacy and racism.
Her comments came after a suspect was arrested outside her home last month for allegedly stalking her and making threats against her life. Jayapal accused Trump of unleashing racism and white supremacy when he occupied the White House.
“What has happened is that the person that occupied the White House, the highest office in the land, actually used and unleashed and mobilized all of that violence and white supremacy using the tools of the federal government,” asserted the Democrat. “Using bans on Muslims, bans on trans folks, calling out people to be racist.”
I’m sitting down to talk about what happened to me because it was not a coincidence. It did not happen in a vacuum. White supremacists have been empowered to threaten lawmakers of color because of the former Occupier of the Oval Office. pic.twitter.com/Oc8qFcvTIN
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) July 17, 2022
The Washington lawmaker went on to say she’s fighting for so-called equity.