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Politi writes: "The New York lawmaker who has been grabbing lots of headlines lately called all the supposed outrage, 'Republican hypocrisy at its finest.'"

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, leaves a photo opportunity with the female Democratic members of the 116th US House of Representatives outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 4, 2019. (photo: Saul Loeb/Getty Images)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, leaves a photo opportunity with the female Democratic members of the 116th US House of Representatives outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 4, 2019. (photo: Saul Loeb/Getty Images)

Ocasio-Cortez Slams "Faux Outrage" Over "Impeach the Motherf-er" Comment

By Daniel Politi, Slate

06 January 19


ew York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is publicly supporting her fellow new Democratic lawmaker Rashida Tlaib, calling b.s. on all the supposed outrage that her call to “impeach the motherfucker” raised in reference to President Donald Trump. The New York lawmaker who has been grabbing lots of headlines lately called all the supposed outrage, “Republican hypocrisy at its finest.”

The freshman Democrat pointed out on Twitter that Republicans somehow think that Trump “admitting to sexual assault on tape is just ‘locker room talk’,” whereas they choose to scandalize “themselves into faux-outrage when my sis says a curse word in a bar.” Ocasio-Cortez was clearly referring to the now-infamous Access Hollywood tape in which Trump said that being a celebrity allowed him to “do anything” to women, including “grab ‘em by the pussy.”

Shortly after she was sworn in, Tlaib was recorded telling supporters that “we’re going to impeach the motherfucker” in reference to Trump, and somehow that became the biggest news story in the middle of a partial government shutdown. Trump himself acted outraged by the comments, saying Tlaib had “dishonored herself” and “dishonored her family.”

At the end of the day, Republicans “lost entitlement to policing women’s behavior a long time ago. Next,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. In a subsequent message, Ocasio-Cortez wrote a message to Tlaib: “I got your back @RashidaTlaib - the Bronx and Detroit ride together.”

Republicans weren’t the only ones who criticized Tlaib for using the language that she did though. Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, the incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said on CNN: “I don’t really like that kind of language.” Beyond the words though, Nadler also made it clear he disagreed with the substance of her remarks. “It is too early to talk about that intelligently. We have to follow the facts,” he said.

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+22 # jackdresser 2019-01-06 14:56
Crude sexist language is not an impeachable offense, but Obama/Clinton's drone violations of territorial integrity, coup facilitations in Ukraine and Honduras launching chaos in both countries, and military devastation of Libya - the most highly developed and functional state in Africa that did nothing to us - were all egregious violations of the UN Charter, a treaty obligation of the US defined by Article VI of the Constitution as the "supreme law of the land," and were very much impeachable. Where was the outrage and action then?
+8 # Texas Aggie 2019-01-06 17:05
Where was the outrage and action then?

Right here.
+20 # wrknight 2019-01-06 18:15
Wait a minute. How about fabricating false claims of weapons of mass destruction and invading Iraq (which also did nothing to us) by baby Bush and his henchman Dickless Cheney? Why is it you only see impeachable offenses by Democrats?
+1 # diamondmarge7 2019-01-08 01:02
Remember that when you point fingers, most of your fist is pointing right back AT YOU.
+3 # dascher 2019-01-06 18:36
i am not a fan of Clinton (I presume you meant Hillary) but as Secretary of State, as I am sure you must know, she had no power to send drones anywhere nor to authorize coups. That's all Obama. You may recall, he kept her on a plane flying around the world having meetings for much of her time as Secretary of State. She was far from Obama's Dick Cheney.
+13 # RGV.REG 2019-01-06 18:57
Yes, there are more impeachable offenses... but the issue here is about someone's language. It's about why we haven't impeached Trump for all his lying!
How is it that it's ok for the Rep to try to impeach Clinton for lying about sex... when we presently have a "president" who lies about everything?
Where's the outrage by the republicans???
+5 # iplau 2019-01-07 11:12
So what's your point? Ignore the need to impeach because there was no outrage over Obama's faux pas? False equivalencies and pseudo intellectualism appear to be in stark contradiction here.
+99 # pop65 2019-01-06 15:01
Mark Twain on strong speech:
"In certain trying circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer."
+10 # Wally Jasper 2019-01-06 15:10
I haven't felt this much happiness (with the political scene) for two years. What a welcome breath of fresh air these new Reps bring. And Pelosi has come out swinging as well. Finally. We knew it had to change sooner or later and now we're just seeing the beginning of a new dawn. Yeah, let's "Impeach the Motherfucker." Let that phrase ring across our land "from sea to shining sea".....and beyond (to Brazil, to Israel, to Philippines, to Hungary, to............)
+3 # economagic 2019-01-07 17:05
How about bumper stickers? How about bumper stickers urging Pelosi to put her money where her constituents are?
+15 # Carol R 2019-01-06 15:31
Republicans are hypocrites. Trump can do no wrong. He lies continuously, degrades women, speaks of his 'extreme intelligence' even though he gets his 'news' from Fox while alienating our allies. He stands up for Putin while degrading the US government.
It is NOT too early to talk intelligently. 7,400 lies is way too much. Time to stand up against this unfit bully.
+12 # evolver 2019-01-06 15:32
Get used to it! So many really want change but when you see it you get scared? THIS IS CHANGE, IN THIS CASE TWO WOMAEN style! I've wanted to hear someone say that about this horror and whore in the WH all along! Thank you for saying it Rashida and THANK YOU for another tough, sick of centuries of crap, Alexandria having her back!

Oh, and BTW, a whole LOT of US have your back, Elizabeth Warren....cause we're mad as hell and as women we don't and won't have to check our anger at the door anymore!
+8 # evolver 2019-01-06 15:37
P.S. Did you hear any men or women get all shook up when Lindsay Graham threw HIS HUGE - MAJOR HISSY fit about... oh, how terribly awful it was the way everyone was treating that poor, poor, privileged man Bret Kavanaugh? And it worked!!!!
+19 # Elroys 2019-01-06 15:52
I'm a male boomer, born, raised in the Bronx in 50s. It is indeed overdue to call BS on all the truly foul lies, corruption, and vulgarity, words and deeds coming from the foaming mouths of trump and the R's. Grab 'em the pussy trump? And these R's voted for him, will fall off the cliff for him - are you kidding me - and then the foam at the moth over a sister calling him a motherfucker? This is a Repub joke, right? A woman showing her anger - finally, women - like Nancy P, AOC, Rashida and many others showing real courage to speak truth to the moron and stooges. Bring it on, full frontal, no more BS. If you are not angry you are either the problem or you aren't paying attention.
+17 # tsyganka 2019-01-06 15:54
Good on Ocasio-Cortez!

And she's also going to be on 60 Minutes, advocating for 70% tax rates on incomes over $10 million. GOOD!

During the economic growth of the 1950s, taxes on the rich were ca. 90%. This was reasonable, and it also curbed the the top 1%; i.e., they had less political power to perk themselves and harm the rest of us.

But ever since Senile St. Ronnie Raygun started cutting taxes for the rich in 1981, inequality and poverty have risen. Also, the government cut spending on healthcare, infrastructure, schools, etc. Now we need to fund the Green New Deal to cope with climate change. Much of it can be paid for like the original New Deal was, with deficit spending and taxing the ultra-rich.

It would be SO sweet to tax the Kochs and use their money for the public good for a change instead of letting them buy reich-wing politicians.

You folks with TVs, please be sure to watch AOC on 60 Minutes.
+2 # angryspittle 2019-01-06 16:16
The facts are as plain as day..........
+8 # lfeuille 2019-01-06 16:25
Go for both of them. I'm with Rashida on both the substance and method of expressing. It's time people woke up to the fact that women are as likely to curse as men and just as entitled to. And Nadler should get real. There are enough facts already in the record to justify impeachment. He is not following facts with that statement. He is shading them for political reasons.
+8 # economagic 2019-01-06 16:47
Can we impeach Jerry Nadler? How about some of those other wussy DINOs?

Of COURSE Ms. Tlaib said a coarse word, something looked down on in polite society. "We" have all been far too damn polite for far too damn long to the lying, thieving, IMpolite and uncouth miscreants (feel free to substitute a different word) who have been running this country for the past fifty years, running it straight into the ground. Nixon, Reagan, George I, Clinton, The Newt with his Contract On America (sic), George II, Obama, and now the Orange One, the ultimate, each one viler than the last. We could go back farther, and we could include several vice presidents and other accessories and enablers (e.g., Strom Thurmond, Jesse Helms), and we could name some other current adherents of the Dark Side on both sides of the aisle, but we don't need to lose our lunch.

For an uplifting antithesis to the increasingly vile, read "the Chambered Nautilus," by Oliver Wendell Holmes (Senior), the last stanza in particular. If you're under 40 or didn't get exposed in school to any poetry, or any prose written before you were born, you have been cheated. Read it anyway. It may not seem to make much sense, but there's no better time to begin learning that we all stand on the shoulders of giants.

Apologies to those who still feel that as the first Black president Obama gets a pass on the Crash of '08, drones, militarized police, asking for little to start with then negotiating down, etc.
+2 # rxfxworld 2019-01-06 17:13
While I happen to agree with some of the substance of your argument, the notion that Qaddafi did"nothing" to us omits the 259 people and their families destroyed in the Lockerbie bombing. Also France and the UK were the lead in taking him down. Just sayin'
+9 # yolo 2019-01-06 17:51
AOC is like a breath of fresh air for the democrats. Most democrats when threatened by right wing attacks shrink and apologize, but not AOC, she is a fighter and gives better than she gets. Nice to finally see a real leader in our congress not afraid to speak her mind.
+4 # gdsharpe 2019-01-06 18:08
Oh, gosh! She said the "m-f" word once and we get all this Republican outrage.
Of course, the chump Trump gets a pass...
+3 # Nancy Jakeman 2019-01-06 18:53
I continue my observations that Donald Trump is a cosmic implant destined to shake us to the core. Will this charade wake us to the reality that we are co-creators who have forgotten our commitment to the light and love of spirit as potential co-creators? thereby allowing the implementation of Karmic law on this planet when what we need is Cosmic Law.
+8 # WallStWallFlowerGirl 2019-01-06 20:13
Kanye, anyone? That other narcissistic personality disorder said it in the Oval Office to tRump for all to hear.

SO DONE with Republican hypocrisy and faux compassionate Christians. I, like Nadler, don't use that language but I agree with the Congresswoman! tRump is a vile and corrupt disgrace to the office of the People and the poster boy for whom the definition of M-F'r aptly fits.

The church ladies who will ride tRump's Access Hollywood bus over the cliff of malfeasance, said nothing of Kanye's language; they have as much clucking clout as Milli Vanilli: their mouths move but I don't hear any words.
+13 # Reductio Ad Absurdum 2019-01-06 21:05
Let's not forget that not one Republican clutched their pearls and fainted in June of 2004, when, ON THE SENATE FLOOR, Dick Cheney told Senator Patrick Leahy to fuck off. Leahy had accused Cheney's former employer, Halliburton, of war profiteering in Iraq.

And don't forget that, just this past week, that little dweeb, Senator Lindsey Graham,(who so desperately wants to be macho, he'll bomb any country for any reason to prove he's a big-boy badass), used the word "bullshit" on a national news program.

Republicans are the self-appointed hall monitors of everyone else's behavior, yet they are so self-unaware, they are clueless that they are perceived as laughable caricatures of B-movie conservative villains, dripping with the vile hypocrisy that proves them to be the lying con men any observant human with half a brain knows them to be.
+5 # DongiC 2019-01-07 02:08
AOC is sure quick with the her verbal wit. Those weak-brained GOPers had better be on their toes if they take her on.
+3 # James Klimaski 2019-01-07 03:45
Remember who Congresswoman Tlalb is talking about - "the Man Who Would Be King." Impeachment should be first on the agenda now.
+4 # Concerned Citizen 2019-01-07 11:30
AO-C ... more than adequate to the occasion!

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