Rashida Tlaib Isn’t Apologizing for Promising to Impeach Donald Trump in Profane Video

Rashida Tlaib
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) kicked off a firestorm on her first day in Congress on Thursday by rallying a room of supporters by declaring her intention to “impeach the motherf**ker,” and she’s not backing down.

The moment, captured on video and shared across Twitter, has put Tlaib in the spotlight as the center of controversy at the outset of a new Congress.

“Because we’re going to go in there, we’re gonna impeach the motherf**ker,” she says in the video.

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But despite a social media outcry over her rhetoric and sharp criticism from the right, Tlaib isn’t backing down. Tlaib seemed to reference the remarks in a Friday tweet vowing to “always speak truth to power.”

In a subsequent tweet, Tlaib made reference to a “constitutional crisis.”

Tlaib’s use of profanity may have shocked some, but her sentiments on impeachment aren’t new. The new congresswoman called for impeachment proceedings in a Thursday op-ed published by the Detroit Free Press ahead of her official swearing-in.

“President Donald Trump is a direct and serious threat to our country,” she wrote in the op-ed co-authored with John Bonifaz, president of Free Speech For People and co-author of a book that makes the case for the president’s impeachment. “On an almost daily basis, he attacks our Constitution, our democracy, the rule of law and the people who are in this country.”

Tlaib and Bonifaz rattled off a long list of offenses they view as impeachable, including obstruction of justice and violations of the emoluments clause of the Constitution.

Though some members of Congress shy away from discussing the prospect of impeachment, Tlaib has been clear about her stance on the issue. She gifted incoming members of Congress with a copy of the book Bonifaz co-authored on impeaching Trump at new member orientation last month.

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