WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Friday said newly sworn-in Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib “dishonored her family” after using a profanity and calling for his impeachment.
“I thought her comments were disgraceful,” Trump said during a White House news conference about the ongoing government shutdown. “This is a person that I don’t know, I assume she’s new. I think she dishonored herself and I think she dishonored her family. Using language like that in front of her son and whoever else was there, I thought that was a great dishonor to her and to her family.”
Trump continued, saying he thought her comments were “highly disrespectful to the United States of America.”
The president’s fierce remarks came one day after Democrats officially took over the House of Representatives and Tlaib told supporters regarding Trump: “We’re going to go in and impeach the motherf***er.”
Earlier Friday, Trump used the comments to show his newly empowered opponents only aim to remove him from office.
“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 posted on Twitter.
Trump did not identify the inspiration for his impeachment tweet, but it came the morning after a new Democratic member of Congress – Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan – told supporters regarding Trump: “We’re going to go in and impeach the motherf***er.”
New House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders have played down talk of impeachment, saying any discussion of such action would have to depend on the facts.
Trump, during his comments in the Rose Garden on Friday, said Pelosi told him during a meeting about the government shutdown that Democrats were not planning to take the matter up.
The president claimed Pelosi told him: “We’re not looking to impeach you.”
“That’s good, Nancy, that’s good,” Trump said he replied.
Other Democratic leaders have taken a similar stance and say it’s best to wait on the results from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling and other investigations.
“I don’t really like that kind of language, but more to the point, I disagree with what she said,” said Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-New York, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, speaking on CNN. “It is too early to talk about that intelligently. We have to follow the facts.”
During his morning tweet storm, Trump blamed Democratic election victories for recent losses in the stock market, but said “things will settle down.”
He added: “They only want to impeach me because they know they can’t win in 2020, too much success!”