House Democrats Rebuke Tlaib’s ‘Inappropriate,’ ‘Not Helpful’ Promise to Impeach ‘Motherf***er’ Trump

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Ms Tlaib, 42, is one in a cadre of ebullient, media-savvy rising stars - the self-described "radical" Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is another - who aim to shake up Washington's status quo. "I'm not in the censorship business".

"I don't establish any language standard for my colleagues, but I don't think it's any worse than what the president has said", Pelosi said in an interview with MSNBC.

Tlaib of MI, a Palestinian-American, was one of the first two Muslim women to take her seat in the House - and she shared her heritage proudly.

The Michigan Democrat's remark underscored the difficulty that Democratic leadership will have corralling its caucus on impeachment, as the calls to wait for special counsel Robert Mueller have gone unheeded among a faction of the party. They are unlikely to get a vote on the House floor, at least for now.

Speaking later Friday to reporters in the Rose Garden, Trump said he thought Tlaib's comments were "disgraceful" and she "dishonoured herself". "Impeachment is really about the country".

Republicans seized on Tlaib's remarks to criticize Democrats for playing politics with impeachment.

Tension over impeachment is likely to be a persistent thorn for Pelosi, who will have to balance between a small, vocal group of the most liberal members of her caucus, who want to see Trump removed immediately, and the majority of her members who want to wait for special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation to finish. "How do you work with anybody, if this is what they really have planned?"

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Republicans have bridled at Ms Tlaib's comments, using them to portray Democrats as seeking politically-motivated retribution against Mr Trump rather than common ground.

"I think those kind of comments do not take us in the right direction", said Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings of Maryland.

"And when your son looks at you and says, 'Momma, look you won, bullies don't win.' And I said, 'Baby, they don't, ' because we're gonna go in there and we're gonna impeach the motherf--".

Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly said the comments were just "red meat" for Tlaib's supporters. "As elected officials I think we should be expected to set a high bar..."

Tlaib made other political waves on Thursday, too.

"The time for impeachment proceedings is now".

"I have never said that in a public setting".