The first day of the new Democratic-majority was a bit of a whirlwind of progressive legislative proposals, calls for impeachment, and profane comments directed at President Trump.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib on Friday night defended the explicit language she used in calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, after her comments to liberal activists that Democrats would “impeach the motherf—er” sparked intense pushback within her own party and a personal denouncement from the president.
“It’s probably exactly how my grandmother, if she was alive, would say it,” Tlaib (D-Mich.) said during an interview with a Michigan TV station of her Thursday night vow at an event hosted by MoveOn.Org near the Capitol.
Tlaib, with her children by her side, said: “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 going to go in there and we’re gonna impeach the motherf—er.” Her comments were seen in a now deleted video on Twitter and reported by the Washington Post and the Huffington Post.
Trump personally responded to the comment during a press conference at the White House, NBC News reports.
Standing alongside House Republican leaders including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise, Trump said: “I thought it was a great dishonor to her and to her family. I thought it was highly disrespectful to the United States of America.”
Trump also took to Twitter in a pair of posts to ask why Democrats would impeach a president who is having such a positive impact on the economy.
“As I have stated many times, if the Democrats take over the House or Senate, there will be disruption to the Financial Markets,” Trump said. “We won the Senate, they won the House. Things will settle down. They only want to impeach me because they know they can’t win in 2020, too much success!”
“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%?” Trump continued.
Here’s more, from Newsweek:
Tlaib made her comments Thursday night, hours after she was sworn in to the House of Representatives. Her language was widely condemned by Republicans, but Democratic leadership downplayed its significance.
“I probably have a generational reaction to it, but in any event I’m not in the censorship business,” Nancy Pelosi told MSNBC’s Joy Reid. “I don’t like that language. I wouldn’t use that language, but I don’t think it’s any worse than what the president has said,” she said. And while the congresswoman’s comments were relatively benign, said Pelosi, the president’s comments have the ability to “impact people’s lives.”
The president explained Friday that he could not be impeached because “you can’t impeach someone who is doing a great job,” and because there was “no collusion” with Russia. He also said that Pelosi assured him that she had no intention of impeaching him.
Pelosi has repeatedly said that impeachment is not a Democratic priority in the House.
As Mediaite reports, Tlaib said:
Tlaib quoted her son telling her, “Mama, look, you won. Bullies don’t win.” And then she said, “’Baby, they don’t.’ Because we’re gonna go in there, we’re gonna impeach the motherf-ker.”