Rashida Tlaib stands by call for Trump impeachment despite backlash

Posted January 05, 2019

Rep. -elect Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) votes for Speaker-designate Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) along with her kids during the first session of the 116th Congress at the U.S. Capitol January 03, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Tlaib, a Palestinian-American, made the comment during a celebration with activists Thursday night.

A Democratic congresswoman kicked off her term with an expletive-laced vow to impeach US President Donald Trump, triggering Republican outrage and testing party discipline barely a day after Democrats regained the House of Representatives.

On Friday, Trump asked in a tweet: "How do you impeach a president who has won perhaps the greatest election of all time, done nothing wrong" and has had the "most successful two years of any president". "Bullies don't win, '" she said he told her.

Rashida Tlaib was unapologetic about her choice of words calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump at an event Thursday, where the congresswoman referred to him as a "motherf****r".

Republicans have bridled at Tlaib's comments, using them to portray Democrats as politically-motivated opponents seeking retribution against Trump rather than to find common ground.

"Throughout my career in public service, the residents I have had the privilege of fighting for have embraced who I am, especially my Palestinian roots", she wrote.

In an interview with NBC News this week, Pelosi didn't rule out pursuing impeachment against Trump, but said Democrats would wait until special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation concludes.

A month after she was elected, Tlaib, 42, announced that she would be wearing a thobe, a traditional Palestinian garment, when she was sworn in to office.

On Friday morning, Trump reacted to the talk of impeachment by questioning why House Democrats would do such a thing. There is no requirement whatsoever that a president be charged with or be convicted of a crime before Congress can impeach him.

In his Twitter statement on Friday, Trump said Democrats were only raising the threat of impeachment because the party knows it can not defeat him in the next election.

"People love you and you win", the video showed Tlaib telling supporters. We won the Senate, they won the House.

My first thought about this was that it would annoy Pelosi and Democratic leaders more than it would Trump. In December, she said she will lead a trip of incoming United States lawmakers to the West Bank.

"My mere existence, that I'm even of Muslim faith, is going to be a problem for them with or without me swearing in on any Quran", Tlaib said, according to the Times of Israel.

Personally, I'm glad one of those voices is willing to publicly call Trump a motherfucker, decorum be damned.