Newly elected Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of MI is getting some pushback from fellow lawmakers on Capitol Hill after using a profanity Thursday evening when she said President Donald Trump should be impeached.
Newly-elected speaker, Nancy Pelosi, took a diplomatic line, telling MSNBC that she would not have used the profane word herself - "I probably have a generational reaction to it", she said - but added that she wasn't in "the censorship business" and had heard worse language from Trump.
"We're gonna impeach the motherf***er!" she said during a private MoveOn.org event on Thursday in Washington D.C.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib exclaimed at an event late Thursday that Democrats were going to "impeach the mother--".
Video of the vulgar declaration drew a great deal of attention on Twitter.
Doubling down on her outburst, Tlaib - the first Palestinian-American elected to Congress - tweeted Friday: "I will always speak truth to power". In the op-ed, Tlaib alleges, without evidence, that Trump "has committed impeachable offenses". Concerning President Trump, she was quite clear what she wants to do. Because that kind of language isn't the status quo (in public) in Washington, and therefore using it signals that a person isn't planning on maintaining that status quo.
Still, it will be hard for Pelosi to quiet some on her left flank who see their new majority as a direct challenge to Trump.
Some on social media have started to post pictures of their own thobes in a show of solidarity with Tlaib. She said in the face of this constitutional crisis, we must rise.
For some supporters her in Detroit, Tlaib's comments were a welcome promise. I also love Eric Holder's (obviously metaphoric) idea that "When they go low, we kick them".
According to CNN, Tlaib will be sworn in on Thomas Jefferson's Quran, a symbol, Tlaib said, that "Islam has been part of American history for a long time". Newly minted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on the Today Show Thursday that it could depend on the results of the special counsel's investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation. "I think the office of the presidency should be treated with respect".
House Democrat Brad Sherman agrees, and on Thursday formally introduced impeachment measures against Trump.
Trump is pushing back on talk of impeaching him.