New House Democrat Rashida Tlaib vows to impeach Trump
WASHINGTON - A Democratic congresswoman kicked off her term with an expletive-laced vow to impeach Donald Trump, testing her party’s discipline and earning a chiding Friday from the president.
As a clip of Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib’s animated comments circulated widely on social media, Trump tartly dismissed the threat of impeachment, while the newly elected Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared loath to reign in the congresswoman’s language.
“How do you impeach a president who has won perhaps the greatest election of all time?” Trump said on Twitter, saying Democrats only consider impeachment “because they know they can’t win in 2020.”
At an event, hours after her swearing-in on Thursday, Tlaib told supporters that “we are gonna go in t here and we’re gonna impeach the motherf----r.”
The crowd roared, and Tlaib hugged supporters.
Salty language by US lawmakers - or presidents, for that matter - is nothing new.
Trump, hardly the paradigm of verbal decency, last year derided African nations as “shithole” countries, after all.
But when Trump was asked about his critic’s comments, he said they were “disgraceful,” and “highly disrespectful to the United States of America.”
“I think she dishonoured herself and I think she dishonoured her family, using language like that,” he added.