The right side of the aisle isn’t alone in thinking the newly minted Democratic congresswoman Rashid Tlaib of Michigan went too far with her expletive-laden comments about impeaching President Donald Trump, as Democrats also seem to be outraged about it.
The comments arose during a speech Tlaib was giving one night to an enthusiastic crowd, which she ended to uproarious applause by proclaiming “we’re going to impeach that mother fu**er,” in regard to Trump.
According to Politico, however, many Democrats immediately moved to denounce the proclamation, as well as Tlaib’s delivery:
Rank-and-file Democrats, immediately fearful of the damage the comment could cause, unloaded on their new colleague Friday morning. Republicans, they argued, would hold it up as proof that Democrats are playing politics rather than pursuing genuine oversight of the president — even if the GOP never showed interest in investigating Trump scandals while it was in power.
“Mueller hasn’t even produced his report yet!” said Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), referring to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. “People should cool their jets a little bit, let the prosecutors do their job and finish the investigation.”
“Inappropriate,” added Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.). “As elected officials I think we should be expected to set a high bar… It’s not helpful.”
Also among the Democrats were Rep. Elija Cummings (D-Md.), who cautioned his fellow Democrats to “show respect for your colleagues” and that the comments were “inappropriate,” according to Politico:
Party elders also sought to calm talk of impeachment without criticizing Tlaib directly. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the new chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, called Talib’s comments “inappropriate” and said, “We need to be patient.”
“You can’t accomplish very much of anything unless you have civility and show respect for your colleagues,” Cummings said. “Those kind of comments do not take us in the right direction.”
Even Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), who introduced an impeachment resolution earlier this week seemed shocked by the comments and spoke out against them.
“That’s not language I would use … I think the office of the presidency should be treated with respect,” said Sherman.
Only Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) seemed to brush the comments off, stating that no one “should make a big deal” about it.
Both Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Trump have responded to Tlaib. Sanders made it clear that Trump will not be impeached and that Tlaib’s comments only arose because she knows that Trump cannot be beaten in a policy argument.
Trump himself took to Twitter and asked how he could be impeached after all of his 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