I’m sorry I called Trump a ‘motherf****er’ but I’m NOT sorry for wanting to impeach him: Freshman congresswoman says foul language was a ‘distraction’ she regrets
- Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib apologized for calling President Donald Trump a ‘motherf***er’ but not for calling for his impeachment
- ‘The use of that language was a teachable moment for me,’ she said
- ‘That is the only thing I apologize for, is that it was a distraction,’ she added
- Tlaib dropped her F-bomb during a party hosted by the liberal group MoveOn
- The fallout from her comment consumed the Democratic Party and its leadership in the days that followed
Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib apologized for calling President Donald Trump a ‘motherf***er’ but not for calling for his impeachment, saying she only regretted the distraction her words caused.
‘The use of that language was a teachable moment for me. And I understand that I am a member of Congress and I don’t want anything that I do say or distract us. And that is the only thing I apologize for, is that it was a distraction,’ she said on Tuesday.
‘I will never apologize for being me and for being passionate and being upset,’ she added.
Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib apologized for calling President Donald Trump a ‘motherf***er’ but not for calling for his impeachment
Tlaib dropped her F-bomb at the president during a party Thursday night hosted by the liberal group MoveOn. She had taken the oath of office earlier that day.
The fallout from her comment consumed the Democratic Party and its leadership in the days that followed.
President Trump brought it up with congressional leaders when he met with them about the government shutdown and it was a topic on the Sunday talk shows.
Speaking in a dimly lit room, Tlaib told a cheering crowd that she had told one of her young sons: ‘We’re going to impeach the motherf***er!’
‘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 going to impeach the motherf****r,’ Tlaib said.
When the video of her remarks surfaced online, she doubled down, refusing to apologize.
‘I will always speak truth to power. #unapologeticallyMe,’ Tlaib tweeted Friday.
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Democratic congressional leaders have been trying to cool down talk of impeachment by rank and file members and keep the focus on policy differences.
House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer, the number two Democrat, said talk of impeachment was a ‘distraction.’
‘I don’t think an impeachment process is inevitable. And that’s not what we’re focused on,’ Hoyer told NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ on Sunday.
He added: ‘I think the impeachment talks right now are distraction.’
Trump said Friday that Tlaib ‘dishonored herself’ and said her comments were ‘disgraceful.’
He also said he had spoken to Speaker Nancy Pelosi about the incident when he met with Congressional leaders at the White House to discuss ways to end the partial government shut down.
President Trump said that Tlaib ‘dishonored herself’ with her comments
Rashida Tlaib told supporters that ‘we’re going to impeach the motherf***er’ about President Trump as she celebrated becoming the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress
‘You can’t impeach somebody that’s doing a great job. That’s how I view it,’ he said.
He then recounted part of his meeting with Pelosi and other congressional leaders. ‘I said why don’t you use this for impeachment,’ Trump said, referencing the shutdown. ‘She said we’re not looking to impeach you,’ according to the president.
‘I said, ‘That’s good, Nancy, that’s good.’ But you don’t impeach people when they’re doing a good job,’ he continued.
‘And you don’t impeach people when there was no collusion because there was no collusion,’ he added, returning to his repeated claims on Twitter and at prior press conferences.
Some Democrats are already making moves toward impeachment.
Hours after being sworn in on Thursday, Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman of California and Al Green of Texas reintroduced articles of impeachment against the president, something they pushed without success in the prior Congress.
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