Donald Trump on Friday blasted as “disgraceful” a new congresswoman’s expletive-laced demand for the president’s impeachment.
“Her comments were disgraceful,” Trump said of remarks the previous day by Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib, adding that“I think she dishonored herself and dishonored her family.”
Tlaib’s comments went viral on social media and have put Democratic leadership on the back foot, as they have said keeping Trump in check was their priority rather than removing him from office before the 2020 election.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib exclaimed at an event late Thursday that Democrats were going to “impeach the mother------.” According to video and comments on Twitter, she apparently made the comments during a party hosted by the liberal activist group MoveOn.
Asked about it outside a Friday morning caucus meeting of House Democrats, Tlaib smiled and kept walking. A few minutes later, she tweeted: “I will always speak truth to power.” She added the hashtag, “#unapologeticallyMe.”
Her spokesman, Denzel McCampbell, said in a statement that Tlaib, one of only two Muslim women in Congress, “was elected to shake up Washington” and will not stay silent. “The congresswoman absolutely believes he needs to be impeached. She ran and won by making this very clear to the voters in her district,” the spokesman said.
Trump seemed eager to jump in, intent on using the impeachment threat for political advantage.
“How do you impeach a president who has won perhaps the greatest election of all time, done nothing wrong” and has had the “most successful two years of any president,” Trump tweeted Friday, claiming he’s “the most popular Republican in party history.”
How do you impeach a president who has won perhaps the greatest election of all time, done nothing wrong (no Collusion with Russia, it was the Dems that Colluded), had the most successful first two years of any president, and is the most popular Republican in party history 93%?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made it clear that impeachment is not a priority for her new Democratic majority, but she faces pressure from the left flank to more aggressively pursue the issue. Some of her members are already ready to move forward - California Rep. Brad Sherman and Texas Rep. Al Green introduced articles of impeachment against Trump on Thursday, the first day of the new Congress.