President Trump hit back Friday at a freshman House Democrat who called him a ‘motherf***er’ and promised to impeach him.
After she was sworn in on Thursday, Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan spoke to a crowd of supporters near Capitol Hill and described an exchange she had with her son after her election victory.
“When your son looks at you and says, ‘Mama, look, you won. Bullies don’t win.’ And I said, ‘Baby, they don’t,’” Tlaib said. “Because we’re gonna go in there; we’re gonna impeach the motherf***er.”
“I thought her comments were disgraceful,” Trump told reporters Friday afternoon outside the White House. “This is a person that I don’t know. I assume she’s new. I think she dishonored herself and I think she dishonored her family, using language like that in front of her son and whoever else was there. I thought that was a great dishonor to her and to her family. I thought it was highly disrespectful to the United States of America.”
Tlaib, a Detroit native, is the first Palestinian-American woman to be elected to Congress. A self-described democratic-socialist, she won the Democratic primary in Michigan’s 13th Congressional district before winning the general election to take over for retiring representative John Conyers, who had held the seat since 1965.
“Congresswoman Tlaib was elected to shake up Washington, not continue the status quo,” read a statement from the congresswoman’s office Friday morning. “Donald Trump is completely unfit to serve as President. The Congresswoman absolutely believes he needs to be impeached and . . . will not stay silent.”
Despite the enthusiasm of some back-bench House Democrats for impeachment, newly elected House speaker Nancy Pelosi has said it is “not a priority on the agenda” and urged members to wait until Special Counsel Robert Mueller concludes his investigation before taking any further action.