Newly sworn-in Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) told a roaring crowd of supporters Thursday night that President Donald Trump was going down, promising Democrats would "impeach the motherfucker."
Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman ever elected to Congress and one of two Muslim women in the newly Democratic-controlled House, made the comments at a left-wing MoveOn reception near Capitol Hill. Washington Post reporter Dave Wiegel described a "raucous reception."
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"We're going to go in there, and we're going to impeach the motherfucker," she said, drawing huge cheers from the crowd and hugging supporters afterwards.
Tlaib is one of several prominent new congresswomen who could create headaches for new Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi with their brash language.
Congresswoman @RashidaTlaib tells cheering crowd that Trump impeachment coming
"We’re going to go in and impeach the motherfucker" pic.twitter.com/oQJYqR78IA
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) January 4, 2019
Rashida Tlaib to a crowd of cheering supporters in DC: "We’re gonna go in there and impeach the motherfucker!"
— Daniel Marans (@danielmarans) January 4, 2019
Rep. @RashidaTlaib at an event just now: Recalling a story in which her son said "Look mama you won. Bullies don’t win." And she said: "You’re right, they don’t. And we’re gonna go in and impeach the motherfucker."
— Alexi McCammond (@alexi) January 4, 2019
Raucous reception for @RashidaTlaib at MoveOn reception near the Hill. Her closing remarks: "We’re gonna impeach the motherfucker."
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) January 4, 2019
The Democrats took over the House on Thursday after spending the last eight years in the minority, and Pelosi became speaker of the House for the second time.
She has not been as enthusiastic about the prospect of impeaching Trump as some of the more progressive members of her caucus, saying Democrats will let the Robert Mueller special counsel investigation play out.
"Impeachment would be a sad thing for our country; it would be very divisive," she told Elle in a recent interview. "What I’m more interested in is protecting the Mueller investigation, seeing where the facts take us. So I feel serious and strategic about the prospect of impeachment. If we have to do it, we cannot walk away from our responsibilities. But it’s not something that I’m stirring the pot on."