Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian American woman to be sworn into Congress, is back in the headlines. Shortly after being sworn in, she appeared in a local bar where she was met by her supporters at a reception held by MoveOn.org. While there, she went on a tirade about impeachment that included some rather colorful language.
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The video quickly went viral and is being celebrated by President Trump’s detractors.
“Don’t you ever, ever, let anybody take away your roots, your culture, who you are. Ever,” Tlaib told the group. “Because when you do people love you and you win. And when your son looks at you and says, ‘Mama, 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—–.”
The unscripted comments were made in the State Room bar, near the Capitol, in Washington. The crowd gathered cheered.
Republicans, though, have been less celebratory about the Congresswoman’s remarks.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, with less profanity, said Democrats have “no solutions for America.”
“Look, you’re not going to impeach this president when he’s had two of the most successful years that any president has had in modern history,” Sanders said in a Friday morning appearance on Fox & Friends. “The only reason they want to come after this president is because they know they can’t beat him.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) took Tlaib’s unprofessional approach to task.
“Look at the brand-new elected congresswoman and her language of what she says to her son in a rally that she thought was private last night,” McCarthy told reporters. “Their whole focus here is to try and attack this president when we’re trying to move America forward.”
Tlaib isn’t apologizing for her remarks.
“I will always speak truth to power,” Tlaib tweeted Friday, adding the hashtag #unapologeticallyMe.
“This is not just about Donald Trump. This is about all of us. In the face of this constitutional crisis, we must rise.”
And her supporters seem forgiving of the language and in support of her message.
“Well, passions are running high. Let’s just leave it at that, okay?” Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) said on CNN. Bustos then pointed out that the Mueller investigation is still ongoing, and that the Democrats were waiting for its conclusions. “Then we’ll take it from there,” Bustos said.