Ayanna Pressley was on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.’ Here’s what you missed.

"I call him ‘The Occupant.’ Not because I dishonor the office, but because he does.”

Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts’s 7th District went on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Tuesday. They talked about hate, impeachment, immigration, and more.

Pressley is a member of the “Squad” of freshman congresswomen that received national attention after being the subject of multiple tweetstorms by the commander in chief.

On what she calls the president:

“I call him ‘The Occupant.’ He is just occupying space.”

“He does not honor the integrity or the responsibility or the empathy or the compassion, and so for that reason I call him ‘The Occupant.’ Not because I dishonor the office, but because he does.”

On hateful rhetoric as a distraction:

“I’m much more focused on the impact beyond hateful rhetoric of hateful policies and the harm that that is causing the people in this country.”


“It’s a distraction, but I won’t give short shrift to the fact that it does embolden really bad things and endanger people’s lives. I think El Paso happened because of that kind of hateful and xenophobic and racist rhetoric.”

On why she’s pro-impeachment:

“For anyone that says we can wait, I think, you know, they’re not experiencing the real fear and fragility that people are living with every day.”

“People that I represent in the Massachusetts 7th for many reasons feel that fear and that fragility, and especially the fact that my district is 40 percent immigrant. So we can’t wait.”

On family separation as a ‘tool of oppression’:

“The system is doing what it was designed to do. And that is to separate families and to decimate communities, and we’ve been here before. We were here at the auction blocks during slavery, we were here with indigenous people on reservations. We know that it is a very effective tool of oppression to separate families and in particular to take a child from the arms of a mother. It’s just unconscionable. I’m still haunted by what I observed at the border. This simply cannot stand.”

“This is yet another attack, and a strategic, coordinated attack, on the dehumanizing and criminalizing and the vilifying of immigrants.”