Comments from freshman Detroit Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib are not sitting well with other members of the Democratic Party in Washington. Tlaib said this to loud cheers Thursday night regarding President Trump: “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 gonna go in there, and we’re gonna impeach the motherf—er.” Tlaib received a large cheer from those gathered around her at that remark, and defended what she said in a Friday tweet saying she will “always speak truth to power.”
The comment was criticized by Democratic Congressman Jim Costa of California, who called it “inappropriate,” and said elected officials “should be expected to set a higher bar.” Congressman Ron Kind of Wisconsin notes the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election and just how involved Trump may have been isn’t done, and people should wait until the report comes out. Congressman Brad Sherman of California has filed legislation to impeach Trump, but was also critical of Tlaib, saying “the office of the presidency should be treated with respect.”
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said he doesn’t think “comments like these particularly help.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hasn’t ruled out impeachment but has called it a “divisive activity” that needs support from both parties.