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New Rep. Who Called Trump a Vulgarity Digs Her Heels In

Rep. Rashida Tlaib doesn't back down
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2019 5:00 AM CST
In this Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 photo, then Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, is shown on the house floor before being sworn into the 116th Congress.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – Rep. Rashida Tlaib's second day on the job ended up being ... interesting. That's thanks to a widely reported comment she made at a Thursday night event: "We're gonna impeach the motherf---er," the obscenity being a reference to the president. On Friday, the Michigan Democrat was unapologetic and spelled that out in a morning tweet: "I will always speak truth to power. #unapologeticallyMe." She stayed the course in a subsequent interview with Local 4. "I think President Trump has met his match," she said, adding that she campaigned on impeaching the president and won't apologize for her language. "It's probably exactly how my grandmother, if she was alive, would say it."

But not how her new colleagues would. The New York Times reports her comment clashed with "all Democratic talking points" regarding impeachment, with the House leadership aligned on the approach of waiting to see what the Mueller probe turns up. So how did House Democrats take the remark? They're "fuming," reports Politico. It checked in with a number of them, including Rep. Brad Sherman, who it points out had this week gone so far as to reintroduce the articles of impeachment that he first filed in July 2017. His reaction after being read Tlaib's comment? "His eyes bulged in disbelief," and after a seconds-long pause, said he wouldn't use such disrespectful language. Nancy Pelosi was a bit more forgiving in comments to MSNBC: "I don't like that language, I wouldn't use that language, but I wouldn't establish language standards for my colleagues." (Trump responded to the impeachment talk on Twitter.)

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