Newly sworn-in Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) told a crowd of supporters on Thursday that the new members of Congress planned to take on President Donald Trump, vowing they were “going to go in and impeach the motherfucker.”
The remarks came during a meeting with supporters when she talked about her son telling her: “Mama look you won. Bullies don’t win.”
“I said baby, they don’t, because we’re going to go in there and impeach the motherfucker,” she said, getting applause and cheers from the crowd.
The comments came the same day as Tlaib co-wrote an op-ed in the Detroit Free Press that called for Congress to impeach the president.
“Each passing day brings new damage to the countless people hurt by this lawless president’s actions,” the op-ed reads. “We cannot undo the trauma that he is causing to our people, and this nation. Those most vulnerable to his administration’s cruelty are counting on us to act—act to remove the president and put this country on a path to true justice.”
Meanwhile, Trump pushed back against the impeachment talk on Friday morning.
“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%?” he wrote on Twitter.
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
The likelihood of Trump being impeached is uncertain, but regardless, it won’t lead to him being removed from office.
If the House did begin an investigation and agree upon articles of impeachment, the Senate would need to conduct proceedings and decide whether to remove him from office, which would require a two-thirds majority.
With the Senate now controlled by an even larger number of Republicans than last session, Trump is here to stay.
Update 8:45am CT: Naturally, Tlaib received pushback for her comments, but she isn’t backing down.
I will always speak truth to power. #unapologeticallyMe— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) January 4, 2019