Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib takes a photo with supporters waiting to see her sworn into Congress in Washington, D.C.
Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press
Well, this is one way to make your presence known on your first day in office.
Rashida Tlaib, who earlier Thursday was sworn in as one of Michigan’s new Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, delivered a strong message to a group of supporters that night at an event for MoveOn.org, a progressive and social justice advocacy group.
Again, Tlaib, representing the 13th Congressional District that includes parts of Detroit and other communities in Wayne County, called for an impeachment of President Donald Trump. This time, she threw in an expletive.
“People love you. And you win,” she told a cheering crowd in a 20-second video published on Twitter. “And when your son looks at you and says, ‘Momma, look you won, bullies don’t win.’ And I said, ‘Baby, they don’t.’
“Because we’re gonna go in there and we’re gonna impeach the mother****er.”
Watch the video here (WARNING: Explicit language):
The video made the rounds late Thursday and early Friday, earning lead-story treatment on Fox News and several other news sites.
On Friday morning as Twitter erupted with both criticism and praise for Tlaib’s statement, Tlaib defended herself, posting a tweet in which she said, “I will always speak truth to power” and using the hashtag: #unapologeticallyMe.
This is not just about Donald Trump. This is about all of us. In the face of this constitutional crisis, we must rise.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) January 4, 2019
“This is not just about Donald Trump. This is about all of us. In the face of this constitutional crisis, we must rise,” Tlaib added in another tweet Friday morning.
While not mentioning Tlaib by name, Trump, in his own tweet on Friday morning, made a spirited, if self-promotional, case against impeachment, asking, “How do you impeach a president who has won perhaps the greatest election of all time, done nothing wrong (no Collusion with Russia, it was the Dems that Colluded), had the most successful first two years of any president, and is the most popular Republican in party history 93%?”
How do you impeach a president who has won perhaps the greatest election of all time, done nothing wrong (no Collusion with Russia, it was the Dems that Colluded), had the most successful first two years of any president, and is the most popular Republican in party history 93%?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2019
House Democratic leadership, meanwhile, has taken no steps toward impeaching the president and has said it is waiting to see a report from Special Counsel Bob Mueller. Speaking on CNN Friday morning, incoming House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said of Tlaib’s comments, “I don’t really like that kind of language, but more to the point, I disagree with what she said. It is too early to talk about that intelligently. We have to follow the facts”
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler on Rashida Tlaib’s vow to impeach Trump: “I don’t really like that kind of language, but more to the point, I disagree with what she said. It is too early to talk about that intelligently. We have to follow the facts” https://t.co/Ctwc5n4hGKpic.twitter.com/OsCOTQnuj2
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 4, 2019
Speaking at an MSNBC Town Hall, new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., reiterated her view that impeachment is “premature” but that some members have been calling for Trump’s impeachment since he was elected.
Pelosi said that as for Tlaib’s language, she said she didn’t care for it but that she’s “not in the censorship business” and openly wondered if so much would have been made of it if Tlaib were a man.
Tlaib took the oath of office earlier Thursday in Washington, joining Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar as the first two Muslim women elected to the House. Tlaib wore a traditional Palestinian thobe, or dress, made by her mother.
She co-wrote an opinion piece in the Free Press, along with John Bonifaz, that also called for impeaching Trump. It published Thursday morning.
“President Donald Trump is a direct and serious threat to our country,” the op-ed said. “On an almost daily basis, he attacks our Constitution, our democracy, the rule of law and the people who are in this country. His conduct has created a constitutional crisis that we must confront now.”
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