In November, alongside Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib became one of the first two Muslim women ever elected to the House of Representatives and the first ever Palestinian-American. She makes up what might be the most progressive freshman class in congressional history, and like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, she’s a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. And on Thursday night, she showed that she’s not afraid to speak her mind on the issue of Donald Trump, and to speak it without self-censoring. Watch her eschew any understatement in front of a crowd of supporters the night after she was sworn in:
“People love you and you win,” she told the crowd. “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 going to go in there and we're going to impeach the m****.”
As you might expect, Trump wasn't long in responding, albeit without mentioning Tlaib specifically:
The Democratic chair of the House Judiciary Committee, who would be in charge of any potential impeachment hearings, was also not impressed:
“I don’t 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,” Nadler, whose committee would oversee any impeachment effort, said on CNN on Friday morning.
“We have to follow the facts; we have to get the facts,” he added. “That’s why it is important to protect the Mueller investigation. That’s why it’s important to do our own inquiry. ... We’ll see where the facts lead — and maybe that will lead to impeachment. Maybe it won’t, but it’s much too early.”
For her part, Tlaib isn’t backing down. Her office released a statement affirming that she was “elected to shake up Washington, not continue the status quo. Donald Trump is completely unfit to serve as President. The Congresswoman absolutely believes he needs to be impeached. She ran and won by making this very clear to the voters in her district.”
In fact, Tlaib recently co-authored an op-ed calling for impeachment, so her stance should not come as a big surprise, even though her language might.