If the first day of the 116th Congress is anything to go by, we’re in for quite a time with crass language becoming the norm in American public life. The newly sworn-in Democrat, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, addressed a crowd of supporters Thursday evening and crudely announced her intention to impeach Pres. Donald Trump.
Rashida Tlaib represents Michigan’s 13th Congressional District.
“People love you and you win. And when your son looks at you and says, ‘Momma, 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 mother***er,’” Tlaib announced.
Sure, politics and politicians have often been fairly crass — Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon are both known in part for their foul mouths — but it was typically reserved for private conversations, not shouted in front of crowds and cameras. Personally, I hope whatever son she was talking to isn’t a young child.
Beyond the blue language, however, is a point that many Republicans have picked up on: that many Democrats want to impeach Pres. Trump based on politics alone, rather than holding investigations and determining whether or not impeachable offenses have occurred.
Of course, impeachment by the House is a political tool, but it doesn’t mean much when the Senate is held by Republicans.
Impeachment of a president requires two-thirds of the Senate to vote to convict the president of “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Tlaib later doubled down on her comments, tweeting from her personal Twitter account, “I will always speak truth to power. #unapologeticallyme”
“Congresswoman Tlaib was elected to shake up Washington, not continue the status quo. The Congresswoman absolutely believes he needs to be impeached,” her office said in part of an official statement.
Last year’s impeachment documents filed by Rep. Al Green were refiled Thursday, but for House Democratic leadership‘s part, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she does not yet support impeaching Pres. Trump unless and until investigations have impeachable findings.
It seems we can certainly expect a U.S. House under Democrats during the Trump presidency to not be interested in much else and we’ll all be paying for it.