Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s call for Donald Trump’s impeachment — which included the use of an expletive — was met with caution Friday by Democratic leaders who said it was premature to discuss removing Trump from office.
Tlaib was sworn in Thursday as one of Michigan’s new Democrats in the House.
“People love you. And you win,” she told a cheering group of supporters Thursday night at an event for the progressive group MoveOn.org. “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.”
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On CNN, Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-New York, said he did not “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,” said Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at an MSNBC Town Hall event Friday, said Tlaib’s comments are “not the position of the Democratic caucus” and reiterated her view that it’s premature to discuss impeachment.
She added “I don’t like the language,” but she said “I’m not in the censorship business” and defended Tlaib.
“Let me ask you this, if she (Rep. Rashida Tlaib) was a man,” would there be such a flap over her words? she asked host Joy Reid. “What she said is less offensive than what President Trump said about John McCain.”
Tlaib took the oath of office 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 Detroit 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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Contributing: Nicole Gaudiano