House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is known for her careful politicking, so it was no surprise to most of the political junkies when she seemed to distance herself from freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s (D-Mich.) remark on President Donald Trump that “we’re gonna go in there, and we’re going to impeach the motherf***er.”
Pelosi said during a Friday town hall at Trinity University in Washington, D.C., that “impeachment is a very divisive approach to take, and we shouldn’t take it.”
But while she downplayed the content of Tlaib’s remarks, she defended the congresswoman’s right to make them.
“Let me just ask you this,” she told host Joy Reid. “If she were a man, would they be making a fuss like that?”
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Speaker Pelosi responds to the expletive used by Rep. Rashida Tlaib in calling for the impeachment of President Trump: "Let me just ask you this, if she were a man would they be making a fuss like that?" pic.twitter.com/aXgxBfiUve
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 5, 2019
Tlaib is one of a handful of fresh Democratic women in Congress who seem determined to shake up Washington, and though her informal caucus has been unsuccessful at making any real changes on Capitol Hill, it has definitely started more than a few conversations.
Meanwhile, Pelosi successfully took back the speaker’s gavel, making history (yet again) as the only woman who has ever been speaker of the House.
The 78-year-old California congresswoman earned 220 votes out of 430 to reclaim the title. Though 15 Democrats defected, the Republican choice, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), was still far behind Pelosi.
The new speaker has definitely done what she can to keep talks of impeachment quiet among her caucus. As IJR Red reported, some Democratic members of the House made moves to impeach Trump during the last Congress, and with them in the majority this session, they are already making similar attempts.
However, impeachment proceedings in the House would be mostly useless, at least right now. The Senate is still controlled by the Republicans, and they would be the ones responsible for actually removing Trump from office.
Instead of being hasty, most level-headed Democrats have urged their colleagues to wait for the special counsel’s report, which should have a more complete analysis of crimes and misdemeanors the president has committed.