Rashida Tlaib stands by call for Trump impeachment despite backlash

January 4, 2019

Rep. Rashida Tlaib on Friday refused to back down from her controversial call to impeach President Trump, despite mounting criticism.

Ms. Tlaib told a crowd hours after being sworn in Thursday night that Democrats would go after the president.

“When your son looks at you and said, ‘Mamma, look you won, bullies don’t win,’ ” she said. “And I said, ‘Baby, they don’t,’ because we’re gonna go in there and we’re gonna impeach the motherf.”

The newly minted Michigan representative appeared to acknowledge the now-viral video and stand by her comments.

I will always speak truth to power. #unapologeticallyMe Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) January 4, 2019

Ms. Tlaib went on to write that the issue goes beyond Mr. Trump and should be considered a constitutional crisis.

This is not just about Donald Trump. This is about all of us. In the face of this constitutional crisis, we must rise. Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) January 4, 2019

Republican House Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise demanded that his new colleague apologize for her comments.

“There is no place for that kind of rhetoric,” he said on Fox News. “The Democrats should call that kind of language out as well.”

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, did criticize Ms. Tlaib’s remarks as well on Friday.

“I don’t really like that kind of language. But more to the point, I disagree with what she said. It is too early to talk about that intelligently,” he said on CNN.

Mr. Trump bristled at the renewed talk of impeachment, claiming he is one of the most popular Republicans ever.

How do you impeach a president who has won perhaps the greatest election of all time, done nothing wrong (no Collusion with Russia, it was the Dems that Colluded), had the most successful first two years of any president, and is the most popular Republican in party history 93%? Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2019

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