Pelosi Excuses Profane Call for Impeachment: ‘Nothing Worse Than the President Has Said’

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While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) distanced herself from controversial comments made by newly-elected Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), she also appeared to excuse them by comparing Tlaib’s words to the president’s.

During a town hall on MSNBC, Pelosi defended Tlaib’s words — which described President Donald Trump as a “motherf**ker” — as “freedom of speech.”

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According to NBC News, she noted that she would have a “generational” disagreement with those words but wasn’t in the “censorship business.”

“I don’t like that language, I wouldn’t use that language, I don’t establish any language standards for my colleagues,” she said, “but I don’t think it’s anything worse than the president has said.”

After MSNBC host Joy Reid asked Pelosi whether those types of comments made Democratic oversight more difficult, Pelosi eventually pivoted back to Trump.

Watch Pelosi’s comments below:

“Words weigh a ton,” she said, “and the president has to realize that his words weigh a ton too and some of the words he used [have] a direct impact on people’s lives. My colleague’s comments do not have an impact on people’s lives.”

She also suggested that Tlaib’s words were commonplace and that they weren’t that significant given that the Democratic caucus didn’t push impeachment as Tlaib did.

Pelosi, whose party failed to retake the Senate in 2018, previously called impeachment “a gift to Republicans” before the midterms. She also pushed back on billionaire Tom Steyer’s campaign to impeach Trump, arguing that he should focus instead on showing how bad Trump’s tax bill was.

A comment from someone like Tlaib, however, didn’t seem to worry Pelosi that much as Trump’s base was already fairly consolidated, according to her. “I think it probably consolidates his base but I don’t think they need much consolidation. I don’t think it makes that much difference,” she said.

As IJR previously noted, Pelosi was much more critical of one of her members, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), when she called on Americans to harass administration officials in public places.

“Trump’s daily lack of civility has provoked responses that are predictable but unacceptable,” she said at the time.

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I find this particularly telling:

“I think it probably consolidates his base but I don’t think they need much consolidation. I don’t think it makes that much difference,” [Piglosi] said.

So she is admitting that for true Americans that the demoncraps have nothing to offer.


Blinkey claims ‘freedom of speech’ when it’s a Democrat and criticizes all Republicans/Conservatives when they speak. Democrats believe you have rights as long as you agree with them. Thank goodness for the Constitution. These women were elected because they were women, not because they were qualified.

Les Gubernatio

When your daughter calls you Cut Throat then nothing her radical terrorist Muslim says is off limits. Keep it up Dems you make Trump look like a choir boy


Pelosi has lost her judgment which is a direct indication of her losing her mind. She has no business being in the position as speaker of the house much less in the government at all. She is a disgrace as his Schumer


If Pelosi excuses Tlaib for her disgusting outburst then she has to excuse Trump’s disgusting outburst. It’s only fair! BTW, how old was Tlaib’s son? If he is a minor, then that’s even worse than Trump! ?

Barbara Foster

C’mon Nancy, none of us fogeys grew up using or hearing that language. Anyone in a public office is a disgrace to themselves and the office if they use such foul language, especially in a public setting! And don’t try to tell us that the president said something like that. I don’t think so!! He has said some things that were not so complimentary, but as far as I know, he has not used either the “F” word or the “N” word.


Two wrongs don’t make it OK. It’s still vulgar, immature and rude. Only people with a small vocabulary, combined with limited imagination has to resort to vulgarity. That’s just my opinion. I could be wrong, but it changes nothing.





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