Rep. Rashida Tlaib made headlines for a post-swearing-in, profanity-laden rant that targeted President Donald Trump and included the statement, “We’re going to impeach the motherf***er.” Some members of Congress blasted the congresswoman for the tirade. However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi didn’t just sidestep condemning Tlaib’s speech; she actually defended Tlaib.
During an interview, according to a report by the Daily Mail, Pelosi asserts that she was “not in the censorship business” and claims that Tlaib’s choice of words was no worse than Trump’s.
“I probably have a generational reaction to it,” said the House Speaker. “I’m not in the censorship business.”
“I don’t like that language, I wouldn’t use that language,” Pelosi added, “but I wouldn’t establish language standards for my colleagues.”
She went on to state that referring to Trump as a “motherf***er” was “nothing worse than the president has said.”
Pelosi then went on to assert, “I don’t think we should make a big deal of it.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has a different view on the matter.
“How do you work with anybody if this is what they really have planned? That they go down into a place, they have the MoveOn, they think others aren’t watching it, they’re using foul language,” said McCarthy while speaking with the press.
“They introduce that they just want to impeach the president. Over what basis? We have government shutdown right now. Where are their priorities?”
McCarthy also targeted Pelosi, stating, “We watched a brand-new speaker say nothing to [Tlaib].”
“That action should not stand,” he added. “Somebody should stand up to [Tlaib].”
“[Pelosi’s] the speaker. That individual sits in her caucus. I would hope if she wouldn’t, others in her caucus would.”
A spokesperson for Tlaib stated that she “was elected to shake up Washington, not continue the status quo.”
“Donald Trump is completely unfit to serve as President,” the spokesperson continued. “The Congresswoman absolutely believes he needs to be impeached. She ran and won by making this very clear to the voters in her district.”