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Moore writes: "We, the people of the United States, were forced to wait 230 years - until yesterday - before we finally got a Muslim woman in Congress (and we got two) who could finally say the plain truth that no one had dared yet uttered: 'We're gonna impeach the motherfucker!'"

Filmmaker Michael Moore. (photo: Sacha Lecca)
Filmmaker Michael Moore. (photo: Sacha Lecca)


Rashida Tlaib Is a Breath of Fresh Air

By Michael Moore, Michael Moore's Facebook Page

05 January 19

 

e, the people of the United States, were forced to wait 230 years -- until yesterday -- before we finally got a Muslim woman in Congress (and we got two) who could finally say the plain truth that no one had dared yet uttered:

"We're gonna impeach the motherfucker!"

Oh, what a breath of fresh air when Rashida Tlaib, the oldest of 14 children and the newly elected member of Congress from Detroit, took to the stage at the MoveOn party in DC last night and spoke the unspeakable. Watch this: https://youtu.be/5FbsTVQWCJw

Rep. Tlaib said out loud what tens of millions of us were already thinking -- "We're gonna impeach the motherfucker!" Yes I realize that to some moderate wimpy Dems that's a dirty word which should not be spoken. But, after two years of Trump, if we can't say a forbidden, nasty word like "impeachment," then we are never going to be able to remove this autocratic, malignant narcissist who has no intention of leaving.

And I know some of you are sticklers for proper language, and that saying slang like “gonna” instead of “going to” is just plain wrong.

Ok, yes, some of you also don't like the word "motherfucker." Fine. So don't say it. I don't like the word "keenwa" so I never say it (or eat it). I can't even spell it.

Now, there some amongst you, the Super Adults and Pundits, who believe Dems in Congress shouldn't tip their hand about impeachment before the Mueller investigation is completed. As if the Republicans and the media and Trump don't know EXACTLY what is going to happen in 2019! Ha! Quit kidding yourselves -- they know perfectly well what we are up to. We are removing Trump! A landslide majority of citizens in November went to the polls to do one thing: Elect the jury for the Impeachment Trial of Donald J. Trump. And that’s what we did. Whether the rational-thinking, self-contained people with a stick up their ass like it or not, we are going to impeach Trump (a.k.a., "The Motherfucker").

This isn't a random, unfounded threat. It is based on real facts (a.k.a. "High crimes and misdemeanors"). We don't need the special prosecutor to explain to us what we've witnessed with our own two eyes:

THE PARTIAL LIST OF IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES COMMITTED BY DONALD J. TRUMP:

      The Obstruction of Justice

      Violating the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution

      Conspiring with Others to Commit Crimes Against the United States, and Attempting to Conceal Those Violations

      Advocating Violence and Undermining Equal Protection Under the Law

      Abusing the Pardon Power

      Engaging in Conduct that Grossly Endangers the Peace and Security of the United States

      Directing Law Enforcement to Investigate and Prosecute Political Adversaries for Improper and Unjustifiable Purposes

      Undermining the Freedom of the Press

      Cruelly and Unconstitutionally Imprisoning Children and their Families

      Doing the Bidding of the Leader of a Hostile Foreign Power.

      Eliminating Environmental Regulations that Severely Threaten the Health of the Public.

      Losing the Needed Support of Trusted Allies.

      Starting a Trade War that Has Harmed Americans.

      Given Away Federal Lands at the Behest of Oil and Gas Companies.

      Consistently Acts on a Daily Basis in Reckless Ways that Indicate He Is Mentally Unstable and not Fit to Carry Out the Duties of President of the United States.

Thank you, Rashida, for saying what we're ALL feeling, thinking, saying, demanding and desperately yearning for. Whether or not the Senate convicts him (and, frankly, why they would stand up for a traitor is beyond me -- well, actually it's not beyond me, they love money and hate immigrants more than they hate Trump's treasonous acts) -- it doesn't matter now. The House has a responsibility to say these actions by a President are wrong, they're despicable and we must send a message to future generations by going on the record that we did not approve of this behavior.

Be sure to call the Congressional switchboard TODAY -- 202-225-3121 -- ask for the office of your representative in the House (they'll ask for your zip code) and tell the assistant who answers the phone that you want Congress to "Impeach the... (fill in the blank -- and don't be afraid to be creative -- or to talk like a Muslim woman from Detroit)."

Now is our moment. Thank you, #YesRashida. #ImpeachTheMoFo

-- Michael Moore

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+81 # elizabethblock 2019-01-05 18:06
This friend speaks my mind.
 
 
+86 # Farafalla 2019-01-05 18:19
Only problem is the Senate that is the actual jury in impeachment. It will take major revelations by Mueller and an economic crash to get Repugs in the Senate to abandon the führer. Gotta get Pence too.
 
 
+73 # ishmael 2019-01-05 19:39
Actually Congressperson Tlaib spoke with remarkable restraint as far as I am concerned.
 
 
+63 # sus453 2019-01-05 19:44
Yes! Go Rashida! The time for polite table conversation has long passed. Speak your mind - you're doing what your constituents voted for. And we're proud of you.
 
 
-62 # Manacha 2019-01-05 19:56
I am a minority in most senses, and within this page and most readers, doubly so. I dislike the demagogic tone of Moore and his equation of dirty/vulgar language of a US representative with candor, freedom or fresh input. I admit that I only read the caption under the picture, because that disgusted me enough not to read the rest. I am very tired of Moore, whom I admired in the past, but now seems to act as a parody of himself.
 
 
+38 # Ramon 2019-01-05 23:18
If you despise vulgar language, you must be going nuts with the super-foul-mout hed Trump. Interesting that you didn't even mention that?
 
 
+6 # Manacha 2019-01-06 17:20
Yes, I dislike Trump and his language. However, I have never read an article praising that language. Maybe it is because I do not associate with fascists, who are the people prone to a language of insult and disqualificatio n. For years on end, I have written hundreds of letters for Amnesty in behalf of prisoners of conscience all over the world. When addressing the worst tyrants, we were careful to use educated language. Insults only provoke rejection and disqualificatio n and when using them we are descending to the level of those we despise. Can you imagine M.L. King using that language or praising it in others?
 
 
+6 # madresabia 2019-01-07 08:56
I would like to quote the comment of another reader, that of # 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." I am so tired, so very, very tired of the ongoing droning of hypocrites--bot h Dems and Repubs. I guess it is all right to abuse women and actually admit to it (grabbing women by their pussy). To all of fuck, two words: Fuck off!!!
 
 
+37 # NAVYVET 2019-01-05 20:59
Impeach, yes. But NOT till we get something impeachable on Not Worth a Tup Pence! They must go out as did Agnew before Nixon--or would you have wanted Spiralling Agony for President? I sure didn't.

Since I'll be 83 in 2 months I guess I'm too old to have any respect for the F word and can understand the uproar. Even when it began in the criminal underground of the 15th century in England's North Country, possibly Scotland, it never meant anything but a crude act. It's not like some other words that became vulgarities in standard English the 19th & 20th centuries (like sh-t and p-ss and f-rt) which began back in the 1200s as standard words for normal activities. The F word was always an "outlaw" shock word and has grown ever more so, although it may now have lost much of the shock effect and is almost becoming meaningless. See Northwestern Univ's Richard Spears, SLANG AND EUPHEMISM, one of the most entertaining dictionaries you'll ever encounter, plus the OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY, and several other sources. My undergrad major was in Linguistics so I have a lot of books on etymology.
 
 
+35 # tedrey 2019-01-05 21:10
The House has the authority, the obligation, and the satisfaction of impeaching this dayike.

What the Senate does about el pundejo will bear the scrutiny, the judgment, and the lasting memory of the American people.
 
 
+18 # starhelix 2019-01-05 21:22
Let's not forget the Ugly Repug senate has an obligation to convict Donnie Donuts based on the overwhelming evidence available. If they don't convict him for political reasons, they should be put on the docket for prosecution and removal by the electorate. Serious times demand serious solutions. Trump is a traitor and the evidence will prove he's guilty of high crimes and evil misdemeanors.
 
 
+5 # economagic 2019-01-05 21:52
AAAAAACCCKKKKK!!!!

All day I could see that something was going on that people were tiptoeing around, but I didn't know what it was (did I, Mr. Jones?). But if a young Muslim woman, a citizen of these here Uninety States (Walt Kelly's "Pogo") can say it, I can support it.

Yes, Michael Moore is often a little over the top, and as Farafalla points out he doesn't always get his facts straight either. But Good Lord, people, we are talking about the possibility that "Homo sap" could become the first species to drive itself to extinction. That is not a joke, and a group of people in a better position to comment than any of us has just said we're closer to it due to nuclear weapons alone than at any time since 1953.

No, it is NOT that simple; wish it were. But Pelosi and Schumer and the rest of the fossils are now force to face the fact that they now have several elected Representatives in their own party, with a nationwide constituency far beyond their official districts, CALLING THEIR BLUFF FROM THEIR LEFT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 85 YEARS.

An attempt at impeachment could backfire with disastrous consequences. Several of the items on Mr. Moore's list are NOT even impeachable offenses, and Mike Pence could be even more dangerous simply because he is more focused and doggedly consistent. But it is now squarely on the table and it is not likely to go away.
 
 
0 # jackdresser 2019-01-06 15:40
economagic, I don't see ANY on his list that are:
(a) supported by evidence (e.g., Mueller's, debunked by VIPS) that would survive an even minimal court test; or
(b) impeachable under constitutional criteria; or
(c) unique to this administration compared with any others in the last 38 years.
 
 
0 # Magginkat 2019-01-07 18:42
You don't think his abuse of opponents or others with foul language is impeachable??? Advocating Violence and Undermining Equal Protection Under the Law??
Abusing the Pardon Power??
Directing Law Enforcement to Investigate and Prosecute Political Adversaries for Improper and Unjustifiable Purposes??
 
 
-26 # cynik 2019-01-05 22:02
Just goes to show that electing more women does nothing to advance civil discourse.
 
 
+8 # Texas Aggie 2019-01-06 18:59
So is "civil" discourse more important than doing what needs to be done? We had "civil" discourse for years and the republicans used it to take down our country.
 
 
+16 # candida 2019-01-05 22:39
Thanks for the refresher-list, Michael. Serves as a nice little pocket guide. Repeat after me, "Impeach the motherfucker."
 
 
-21 # skylinefirepest 2019-01-05 23:10
I'm amazed. You guys actually approve of a foul mouthed comment from an elected representative. So how do you guys explain that to your kids...or is that the kind of language that you use around your kids?
 
 
+11 # Robbee 2019-01-06 13:01
Quoting skylinefirepest:
is that the kind of language that you use around your kids?

- no! those are the kind of words dickhead uses around the nation, to everyone, including minors?

and yes! my kids are grown and around them i call a dickhead a "dickhead!", sorry?
 
 
+2 # Robbee 2019-01-06 13:06
what do you call dickhead?
 
 
+5 # Texas Aggie 2019-01-06 19:02
That's the kind of language my kids use around me.

Interesting that you get bent all out of shape by "motherfucker" from a Democrat but are quite happy with "sons of bitches" from Individual 1.
 
 
+4 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-01-06 08:45
While I totally agree that she expressed a sentiment felt by many Americans, I don't think it was very smart. She can say what she wants but actually she's playing right into Trump's hands. He just loves to have this sort of verbal war with an opponent. I have not seen his responses to this but no doubt they attempt to humiliate him. Now what will her response be? They will be in a tit-for-tat that will go no where.

Somehow we need to get off of the tit-for-tat insults. There were very many republicans who wanted to impeach Obama because they thought he was a motherfucker. And they said it often. That's part of what gave us Trump. The quality of political discourse has gone down so low that our debates are not a lot more than two people each calling the other bad names. We are not going to get anywhere like that.

Washington and New York are filled with motherfuckers. It would be nice to nuke them all. I live in Washington so I'd be among the first to go. But maybe it would all be worth it.

Seriously, I just want politicians to actually have good and substantial discussion of the problems we have. Stop the cursing and invectives. Right now we need to end the permanent war we've gotten in to. We have a healthcare system that is broken. We have immigration policies that are broken.
 
 
+1 # tclose 2019-01-06 11:50
Well, here I am again agreeing with Rodion. The Dems need to be really careful in how they communicate their message going into the 2020 campaign (and we are already there). Michael had a powerful message in times past, but more recently has become strident and at times profane in his criticism of the Trump debacle. The listing of Trump's arguably impeachable affronts is powerful stuff, but imo is sullied by linking it to Rep. Tlaib's startling profanity.

The important thing for Dems going into 2020 is not just to fire up the progressive base, it also has to bring along mainstream Dems and independents - and not provide fuel to the right wing of the GOP about how the Dems are destroying American cultural norms, etc. (even if they are ignoring one of the most profane Presidents ever!).

Rashid said exactly what is on all of our minds about the disaster that is Trump. But she needs to understand that she is now on the national stage, and her choice of words matter more than if she is just campaigning in Detroit.
 
 
+5 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-01-06 15:18
tc -- yeah, Lyndon Johnson understood politics better than any democrat. He said, "never get into a pissing match with a polecat." Polecat is Texas-talk for skunk. Trump is a Polecat. If you get into a pissing match with a polecat like Trump, he will always win because he cannot smell his own stink.

Guys like Moore are all geared up for pissing matches. They just don't know they can never beat Trump this way. Or probably, they know this is the way to rile up their base and get them really pissed, or pissed on. The hope is that will make them want to fight.

But Demos could easily beat Trump on policies. They have the policies that people want and that would rescue the federal government from the swamp it is in. Policy is the winning strategy. Pissing is a sure lower -- maybe that's why establishment democrats are following the pissing path.
 
 
+5 # economagic 2019-01-06 18:16
(To RR as well)

The increasing vitriol of political discourse and action in this country for the past 40-50 years, to say nothing of basic civility or more important of political action, has not been symmetrical. We of the 99 percent owe nothing to those individuals and organizations that have been working feverishly throughout that time to rewrite the Constitution to make rule by the few the Supreme Law of the Land.

We are facing a mob of bullies as bad and as vile as any ever assembled, and they will not be dissuaded by pleasantries or diplomacy. The people who so love to talk about "bad hombres" in any language ARE the bad guys. I'm sure if we had a Churchill or an FDR or an Emma Goldman today s/he would be able to disembowel them verbally with style and without a single foul word.

But since we don't -- and "they" don't either -- I'm willing to follow anyone who can put the truth into plain English and act upon it.
 
 
+6 # Wally2007 2019-01-06 11:44
I might be dreaming, BUT if THEY get Pence???? Who KNOWS!! Who is next in line??? N.A.P.
 
 
+1 # economagic 2019-01-06 18:18
The most recent revisions of the Presidential Succession Act have specified that if neither the president nor the vice-president is able to perform the executive duties, the next two persons in line are the speaker of the House and the president pro tem of the Senate, in that order.
 
 
+4 # tedrey 2019-01-06 12:19
There are ways to get around the horror which surrounds cerain words. The last few days, with the help of Google Translate, I have referred to the President in several foreign terms with the same interpretation. I prefer the Kurdish version, because the Kurds are the most recent to have reason to label Trump with it.

But my favorite evasion is along the lines of "The arrangement of Trump's chromosomes would have amazed his father."

My father's Japanese language teacher told him that Japanese has no swear words at all. My father doubted that and asked, "What would a workman say if another workman dropped hot tar down his neck?"

"He'd say 'Please don't drop hot tar down my neck.'"

"Oh come on, be honest. Japanese are only human. What would he really say?"

"Well, he might not say 'Please."

So any time I mention Trump without saying "Please" you'll all know my real meaning.
 
 
-3 # jackdresser 2019-01-06 15:06
There is, however, a significant flaw in her logic as a Muslim. It was the Bush I and II, Clinton and Obama administrations that rained fire and fury on Muslim countries, and Trump that is easing out of Syria. If we stop supporting KSA/UAE in Yemen, it will be a clean sweep for the Trump era so far helping Muslim-majority states, excepting the mindless sanctions on Iran that he did not originate but is continuing to indulge the paranoia and regional imperialism of Israel.
 
 
+1 # Texas Aggie 2019-01-06 19:05
You are ok with leaving our allies the Kurds to the tender mercies of the Turks???
 
 
0 # jackdresser 2019-01-16 13:39
The Syrian Kurds, who largely identify first as Syrians, are talking to Damascus and the YPG anticipates integrating with the SAA. It will then become a matter to resolve between Turkey and Syria. We have no right to be there at all, even if the YPG was threatened by Turkey. The R2P doctrine, introduced by Clinton's criminal attacks on the Serbs, has no legitimacy under the UN Charter or long-establishe d principles of international law. The US is simply looking for any fig leaf to illegally stay, exploit, intrude into Russia's sphere of influence, and interfere in other peoples' countries.

We might well look to Syria and the former Libya as non-racist, secular socialist models providing public banking, comprehensive public services, and welcome mats for refugees (created by US/NATO and Israel). Our destruction of Libya and attempted destruction of Syria are the cause of Europe's refugee crisis, since these states previously provided safe and comfortable havens for displaced Africans and Middle Eastern refugees from US proxy wars and Israel's relentless ethnic cleansing.

Gaddafi's system of direct participatory democracy is another model to look at, since our model has been successfully manipulated to misinform and exclude the public from federal policy decisions and allowed us to continue - in MLK's words a half century ago - as "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world" without resistance by our elected representatives .
 
 
+6 # tedrey 2019-01-06 19:26
I believe that Rep. Tlaib nowhere implies that she owes any specifically Muslim perspective to her distaste for President Trump. Indeed, it seems that her stance is firmly based on her adherence to certain fundamental American values which she has internalized and intends to live and govern by. . . as Trump, for instance, never has.
 
 
0 # jackdresser 2019-01-16 13:50
Trump, in action, has been the least offender against our "values" since 1980. "Liberals" become hysterical over bad language but have remained oblivious to the massive war crimes politely inflicted inter alia upon Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Honduras, central Africa, and indirectly through knee-jerk support of Israel by the graceful, smooth-talking Clinton and Obama administrations . Nobody is more manipulable by slick propaganda (largely by factual omission) than the polically correct. We need an entirely new system, not just a changing of the Owellian guard.
 
 
+3 # DongiC 2019-01-07 02:18
One thing that Trump excels at: dividing the country. He is particularly offensive to his enemies and he does a good job alienating those in the middle. His base, of course, will follow him to the gates of hell. With Trump at the top and twittering like usual, America needs no more enemies.
 
 
+1 # Wise woman 2019-01-07 11:07
First let me say that I've always admired Michele Obama's credo, when they go low, you go high. I think everyone should! Second, I think the term "MF" is hugely derogatory toward women and should never be used by a woman. It brings to mind the lowest form of female sanctity, that which can initiate the blessing of a human life - something that men cannot and will not ever be able to do. Third, while I've always loved Mike's movies, I think his rage at trump has taken over his better judgment in many ways lately. He needs to take a deep breath and calm down. It doesn't require having a stroke over this as it too shall pass with or without trump and definitely NOT pence!!!
 
 
+6 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-01-07 15:11
W. W. -- "I've always admired Michele Obama's credo, when they go low, you go high."


Yes, I am with you totally on this. It is fine to have some fun and mock Trump for its idiocy but we need to be careful. When we talk publicly and seriously, we need to stay on the high road. We need to stick to policy issues. That's how we will beat Trump and republicans. Sanders is good at this.
 
 
0 # Magginkat 2019-01-07 19:05
Quoting Rodion Raskolnikov:
W. W. -- "I've always admired Michele Obama's credo, when they go low, you go high."


Yes, I am with you totally on this. It is fine to have some fun and mock Trump for its idiocy but we need to be careful. When we talk publicly and seriously, we need to stay on the high road. We need to stick to policy issues. That's how we will beat Trump and republicans. Sanders is good at this.
Only if someone other than Sanders is nominated as Dem nominee. . . . Thinking "Now, there some amongst you, the Super Adults and Pundits, who believe Dems in Congress shouldn't tip their hand about impeachment before the Mueller investigation is completed. As if the Republicans and the media and Trump don't know EXACTLY what is going to happen in 2019! Ha! Quit kidding yourselves -- they know perfectly well what we are up to. We are removing Trump! A landslide majority of citizens in November went to the polls to do one thing: Elect the jury for the Impeachment Trial of Donald J. Trump. And that’s what we did. Whether the rational-thinki ng, self-contained people with a stick up their ass like it or not, we are going to impeach Trump (a.k.a., "The Motherfucker"). ....Now is our moment. Thank you, #YesRashida. #ImpeachTheMoFo
 
 
0 # jackdresser 2019-01-16 21:25
With an evangelical know-nothing, do-nothing waiting in the wings for the Rapture to arrive. What's your preference, cholera or the plague?
 
 
-1 # Magginkat 2019-01-07 18:58
Quoting Robbee:
Quoting skylinefirepest:
is that the kind of language that you use around your kids?

- no! those are the kind of words dickhead uses around the nation, to everyone, including minors?

and yes! my kids are grown and around them i call a dickhead a "dickhead!", sorry?

Quoting Wise woman:
First let me say that I've always admired Michele Obama's credo, when they go low, you go high. I think everyone should! Second, I think the term "MF" is hugely derogatory toward women and should never be used by a woman. It brings to mind the lowest form of female sanctity, that which can initiate the blessing of a human life - something that men cannot and will not ever be able to do. Third, while I've always loved Mike's movies, I think his rage at trump has taken over his better judgment in many ways lately. He needs to take a deep breath and calm down. It doesn't require having a stroke over this as it too shall pass with or without trump and definitely pence!!!

I think he & Pence should go as he seems to agree with everything tRump does.
 
 
+5 # Wise woman 2019-01-07 15:55
RR - that's exactly why so many Americans relate to Bernie. He has never used foul language when speaking publicly and never wi!!. He is an issues only guy and the most popular politician in the country because of it. He only takes the high road.
 
 
-1 # Magginkat 2019-01-07 19:11
Quoting Wise woman:
RR - that's exactly why so many Americans relate to Bernie. He has never used foul language ........ He only takes the high road.
And Bernie lost.

Oh, what a breath of fresh air when Rashida Tlaib, the oldest of 14 children and the newly elected member of Congress from Detroit, took to the stage at the MoveOn party in DC last night and spoke the unspeakable. Watch this: https://youtu.be/5FbsTVQWCJw "We're gonna impeach the motherfucker!"
 

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