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Rashida Tlaib's Not Sorry She Used Profanity. And She Still Wants to Impeach Donald Trump.
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=47739"><span class="small">Stephanie Griffith, ThinkProgress</span></a>   
Sunday, 06 January 2019 15:04

Griffith writes: "Rashida Tlaib's not swallowing her words."

Rashida Tlaib. (photo: Salwan Georges/WP/Getty Images)
Rashida Tlaib. (photo: Salwan Georges/WP/Getty Images)

Rashida Tlaib's Not Sorry She Used Profanity. And She Still Wants to Impeach Donald Trump.

By Stephanie Griffith, ThinkProgress

06 January 19

"It's probably exactly how my grandmother... would say it."

ashida Tlaib’s not swallowing her words.

The newly-minted lawmaker (D-MI) took her oath of office at the House of Representatives on Thursday. That night, she unleashed a firestorm, after declaring at a post-swearing-in celebration that she was looking to forward to impeaching “the motherf**cker” — by whom she meant President Donald Trump.

Video of the remarks went viral Friday. It showed Tlaib recounting comments to her young son after her election victory, in which she said she told the boy that “bullies don’t win,” adding “we’re going to go in there, and we’re going to impeach the motherf**ker.”

That sentiment, widely shared by her constituents in Detroit, Michigan and by many people across the country, drew less notice than did the colorful language she used to express it.

Conservative commentators on Fox News, in particular, have called out Tlaib — a Palestinian-American and staunch opponent of the president’s policies towards Muslims and immigrants, among other issues — for her salty language.

Newly-sworn Senator Mitch Romney (R-UT) issued a rebuke on Twitter, saying “elected leaders should elevate, not degrade, our public discourse.”

But a fellow congressional lawmaker, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) scoffed on Twitter over “Republican hypocrisy at its finest.”

In an interview with a local Detroit television station on January 4, Tlaib stood by the remarks, cuss words included.

“I think President Trump has met his match,” she told WDIV television. “I stand by impeaching the president of the United States,” Tlaib said. “I ran on that.”

“It’s probably exactly how my grandmother, if she was alive, would say it.”

Tlaib added: “Obviously, I am a member of Congress and things that I say are elevated on a national level, and I understand that very clearly. I am very passionate, and I grew up in an incredibly beautiful, urban community — the city of Detroit — born and raised. We say colorful things in interesting ways, but I tell you, the president of the United States is my focus. The residents back home are my focus.”

There was jubilation when Tlaib, a 42-year old attorney, was sworn in this week as one of Congress’ first two Muslim women.

But there was some consternation, including among some Democrats after she used profanity to talk about her plan to be be part of the effort to impeach Trump.

The president on Friday said Tlaib had “dishonored herself” with her remarks.

“I thought her comments were disgraceful,” Trump said during a White House press conference.

“This is a person I don’t know, I assume she’s new. I think she dishonored herself and dishonored her family using language like that in front of her son and whoever else was there.”

Speaker of House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) dismissed the controversy during a town hall forum late Friday as a tempest in a teapot. “Let me just ask you this, if she were a man would they be making a fuss like that?” she said at the event held by MSNBC.

And Pelosi, who this week reclaimed the speaker’s gavel, noted that there was a certain irony in the criticism coming from a president who has spoken about “sh*thole countries” and grabbing women by the “p*ssy.”

“I don’t like that language, I wouldn’t use that language, but I wouldn’t establish any language standards for my colleagues,” Pelosi told MSNBC.

“But I don’t think it’s anything worse than what the president has said.”

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+13 # DongiC 2019-01-06 16:31
Watch out Mr. Trump. The wit of these ladies is as sharp as their tongues. They will be very difficult to bully.
+8 # wilhelmscream 2019-01-06 19:11
Lets not forget the derogatory statements he made about his political opponents; about women; all minorities; the media. Also, someone shouted “white power” @ a Trump rally in Alabama, and kept giving his speech. This was 2015 when this happened.
+17 # Moxa 2019-01-06 21:38
Droning people is okay, starving the Yeminis is okay, bombing seven countries is okay, torturing people in black sites is okay, killing off a heating planet is okay.

But calling the president a motherfucker-- Ooooooooh!! What is this country coming to?
+5 # elizabethblock 2019-01-06 22:38
No, it certainly is no worse than what Trump has said.
But I don't want him impeached. I don't want President Pence! I prefer Trump floundering and hanging on by his fingernails.
Jill Lepore, in "These Truths," recalls that Nixon had little fear of impeachment as long as Spiro Agnew was VP - he called Agnew the "assassins' dilemma." Pence is, too.

Oh, BTW, thanks for the photo of that lovely dress. I'm a needlewoman, and I know what I'm looking at.
+6 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-01-06 23:59
The president has no clothes.
The "bar" was lowered as far as it can go when Republican candidates were talking about penis size.
+4 # economagic 2019-01-07 07:20
Hmmm, I had missed the fact that Ms. Tlaib is of Palestinian descent. As such she would certainly be all too familiar with motherf**kers and would know one when she sees one. Trump clearly does not, and he almost certainly looks in the mirror several times each day, nor does he recognize his own sh*t when it is hurled back at him. Likewise Romney, who proved with his "corporations are people" remark that one can easily "degrade our public discourse" without using specific words. Both are gilded ignoramuses.

Barry Goldwater a relatively genuine conservative, famously said, "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice." I questioned at the time whether his proposals would have promoted liberty or hobbled it. But certainly extremism in the defense of the planet itself, to say nothing of democracy itself, is no worse.
+5 # madresabia 2019-01-07 08:03
I have just one thing to say to all those hypocritical people--both Republicans and Democrats--who think that a person who very proudly boasts of "grabbing women by their pussy," is worthy to be president. So, screw you all.
+5 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-01-07 08:10
I don't think she should apologize or back away from her words. We live in a vulgar society. Calling someone a mother fucker is about as common as "hello." It only meaning is "I don't like you."

But I still think this is tactically bad. As I said in another thread, Trump is a polecat and getting into a pissing match with a polecat is a big mistake. Polecat is Texan for skunk and a polecat can't smell his own stink. But everyone else can. Democrats don't need polecat piss all over them.

Follow Obama -- take the high road. Focus on the issues. That's what people care about.

But there is nothing wrong with making one's rhetoric a little spicy. It is OK to call Trump an orange mother fucker, just as long at you have the well articulated policies to back it up.
+1 # Robbee 2019-01-07 08:27
Rashida Tlaib's Not Sorry She Used (vulgarity). And She Still Wants to Impeach Donald Trump.
By Stephanie Griffith, ThinkProgress
06 January 19

i have to consult with prof. layoff on this, but i think that the i-word is a positive, especially spewing from dickhead's mouth

yes! i relish dickhead talking about "impeachment"! - just can't get enough?

george? is there something wrong with me?

or is the i-word spilling out of dickhead's mouth a good thing?

isn't dickhead sorta repeating nixon, who famously said "i am not a crook"?

rashida incites dickhead?

she says the i-word a lot?

she says that's what got her elected?

you can's impeach a "dickhead"?

in talking of impeach, "dickhead" is not sufficient?

so i also salute rashida's use of the m-word, loosely, or "treason", more specifically, to capture dickhead's distilled corrupting essence!

rashida! you rock!

with a nod to prof. layoff, i do not endorse anyone using the word "trump", but under the circumstances of so many m's in the world, and the mitigating i-word, i acknowledge the need to compromise principle
+2 # johnescher 2019-01-07 11:31
Amazing the stupidity elicited by the remark which is clear elevation of normal political discourse.
+4 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-01-07 14:35
"Motherfucker" is apt, but my favorite is still the young woman protester at a Trump rally holding a sign that said,"YOU STINK. And, I HATE YOU". That covers all generations and political beliefs.