‘I got your back @RashidaTlaib – the Bronx and Detroit ride together…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) The Democratic Party is split over radical Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., who on the first day of the 116th Congressional session issued a profane vow to “impeach the mother—er,” referring to President Trump.
A few Democrats have condemned Tlaib’s comments. Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., said that “even the most progressive” Americans “know better than to use that kind of language … regardless of the coarse language that the president uses in public.”
Democrats need to focus on “their job of oversight,” Jones said, not impeachment.
“That’s what we need to be looking at, first and foremost, and not get bogged down in anything in personal and attacks and overreach,” he told CNN. “Let’s go about this the way we need to, and not just work out of this out of frustration and anger.”
In addition to Jones’s condemnation:
- Reps. Lacy Clay, D-Mo., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., who is chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, also condemned Tlaib’s comment, calling it “inappropriate.”
- Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., avoided directly criticizing Tlaib because she is “not in the censorship business,” but noted that she “wouldn’t’ use that language.”
- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., also avoided mentioning Tlaib by name, but told NBC that talks of impeachment are a “distraction.”
- Rep. Mas Rose, D-N.Y., agreed with Hoyer and said that though he has “no problem with profanity,” calling for impeachment before special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is complete is ridiculous.
But other Democrats have vociferously defended Tlaib, both for her coarse language and for invoking impeachment threats.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told CNN that though it’s “premature” for Democrats to call for Trump’s impeachment, Tlaib has every right to use profanity when speaking about the president. Trump, he said, is “not in a position to talk about the use of language.”
Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., also rejected GOP criticism of Tlaib and said the freshman Congresswoman “has a right” to use profane language in private.
“It’s kind of odd to hear people on the Republican side who have not condemned the president’s language in a million different contexts to suddenly be clutching their pearls over her use of that language,” Cicilline said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“This was at a private event, she can use whatever language she thinks is appropriate,” he added. “The fundamental issue is Democrats are fighting for the people of this country. We’re going to focus on issues that matter in their lives, and we’re going to do our oversight responsibilities in a serious way.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez, D-N.Y., another of Tlaib’s freshman class of socialist-leaning leftists, tweeted that it was a “faux outrage when my sis says a curse word in a bar.”
I got your back @RashidaTlaib – the Bronx and Detroit ride together 💪🏽💜
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 5, 2019