‘They only want to impeach me because they know they can’t win in 2020…’
Editors Note: This article contains profanity.
(Ben Sellers, Liberty Headlines) It would take an awful lot of disgraceful behavior to fill the shoes of former Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., the long-serving octogenarian congressman who resigned in 2017 amid shocking sexual harassment and misconduct allegations.
But his successor, Rashida Tlaib, seems poised to do just that—and is already off to a strong start.
In her first day on the job, Tlaib help set the tone for the 116th Congress and candidly revealed the Democratic majority’s chief legislative agenda by declaring of President Donald Trump, “[W]e’re gonna impeach the motherf***er.”
Tlaib was addressing a gathering of liberal activists with the group Move On when she made the remarks, according to Mediaite.
Prior to making the comments, she had spoken about the meaningfulness of being a role-model for young girls. “I cannot wait to inspire the next generation,” she said.
She also told the George Soros-backed organization, “For me it’s really about taking down these corporate billionaires.”
The impeachment remark was one of many such indicators from House Democrats, including newly elevated Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who, despite previous comments downplaying the possibility of partisan impeachment efforts, refused on Thursday to rule it out.
The drumbeat elicited a response from Trump, who said in a pair of tweets, “They only want to impeach me because they know they can’t win in 2020, too much success!”
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
Tlaib, a former state representative, ran with no significant opposition in Michigan’s 13th District, comprising the predominantly African–American outskirts of Detroit, and became the first Palestinian–American elected to Congress, as well as one of the first Muslim women. She was sworn in Thursday on Thomas Jefferson’s personal copy of the Quran.
However, those historic milestones in identity politics have been eclipsed by the negative press she has received for anti-Semitic rhetoric—as well as her virulent, often obscene attacks on Trump.
On the day after Christmas, Tlaib coarsely criticized the president over the death of a Guatemalan child in custody at the U.S.–Mexico border.
When it’s our brown or black babies dying, those in power to change it, don’t give a shit. Come Jan 3rd, @realDonaldTrump and his enablers will be forced to care! #NotOnMyWatch
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) December 26, 2018
Although many Democrats during the campaign season tried to refocus their message away from the polarizing and risky impeachment talk, Tlaib ran openly with it as a central part of her platform.
In fact, she credited Trump’s election with being a “bat-signal” that caused her to run and first rose to prominence after heckling Trump at a rally, according to a CNN interview following her primary victory.