Only hours after being sworn in, Rep. Rashida Tlaib dropped a swear word and claimed that
The Detroit native and newly elected representative of Michigan’s 13th Congressional District spoke at an event sponsored by the progressive advocacy group MoveOn. She recalled speaking to her son after winning her nomination back in November.
“When your son looks at you and says ‘Mama look you won. Bullies don’t win,’ and I said, ‘Baby they don’t,’ because we’re gonna go in there and we’re going to impeach the motherf***er,” Tlaib said referring to President Donald Trump.
Tlaib then defended her statement on Twitter.
The next morning, Trump took to Twitter to respond.
Tlaib received criticism from both sides of the political aisle. Civil Rights icon and Democrat Rep. John Lewis claimed Tlaib’s comments were “distracting” and “inappropriate”. Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tlaib’s choice of words should have been checked by Democratic leadership.
“We watched a new freshman stand up, use this language, get cheered by their base, and we’ve watched a brand new speaker say nothing to her,” said McCarthy. “How do you work with anybody, if this is what they really have planned?”
Newly elected Democratic House majority leader Nancy Pelosi did react to Tlaib’s comments. She said she didn’t agree with her language but isn’t one to police the mouth of her colleagues
“I don’t like that language,” said Pelosi. “I wouldn’t use that language, but I wouldn’t establish any language standards for my colleagues. But I don’t think it’s anything worse than what the president has said.”
As of now, Pelosi said that impeachment at this point would be “too divisive” and that facts needed to be presented before considering impeachment.