- Muslim Congresswoman refers to Trump as mother f**ker”
- But now we have permission to speak “passionately”
- Well then . . .
US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi Speaker has shrugged off a new lawmaker’s use of a profane epithet ( V’pac note: a word the BBC report would not use) to assail President Donald Trump.
Democrat Rashida Tlaib courted controversy when she used explicit language while calling for the president’s impeachment.
Ms Pelosi on Thursday said while she would not use such language, it was no worse than things Mr Trump has said.
The controversy comes amid renewed talk of impeachment among lawmakers.
What did Ms Tlaib say?
Michigan’s Ms Tlaib made the remark to supporters at a reception hours after she was sworn in on Thursday as one of the first two Muslim women members of Congress.
“People love you and you win,” she said. “And when your son looks at you and says, ‘Momma, look you won. Bullies don’t win.’ And I said, ‘Baby, they don’t.'”
She added that they would impeach Mr Trump, using a profane term to describe him.
Ms Tlaib had also co-authored an opinion piece calling for impeachment that was published in the Detroit Free Press earlier on Thursday.
On Friday, she was unapologetic about the furore over her remark.
The new congresswoman took her oath of office using a family Koran while wearing a traditional garment stitched by her Palestinian-born mother.
What did Pelosi say?
Speaking at an MSNBC town hall on Friday, Ms Pelosi said while she may have a “generational reaction” to the language, she is “not in the censorship business”.
“I don’t like that language, I wouldn’t use that language, but I wouldn’t establish any language standards for my colleagues.
“But I don’t think it’s anything worse than what the president has said.”
As for Ms Tlaib’s controversial language, much like Ms Pelosi, California congresswoman Maxine Waters said Mr Trump was responsible for starting all the incivility.
“He’s opened up a new way of talking, a new way of addressing these issues in ways that we never heard before,” Ms Waters said, according to The Hill.
“That gives others the permission to speak passionately about it in the same manner that he has done.”
SO NOW THAT ‘WE HAVE PERMISSION TO SPEAK “PASSIONATELY”…
WELL, DOES THAT MEAN WE ALL HAVE PERMISSION TO CHARACTERIZE ANY POLITICAL FIGURE WE DON’T LIKE ANY WAY WE LIKE ?
I wonder how far that goes in Maxine’s world. Does that allow any Republican member of Congress, any conservative pundit, any right leaning Hollywood or entertainment industry figure (think Kanye West for one) to describe Maxine Waters for what many believe she is?
What if one of those were to tell the Academy Award attendees that congressperson Waters is quite likely the stupidest b**ch in Washington?
What if a prominent talk show host were to say that Maxine’s mouth is a c–k holster for every two-bit lobbyist in Washington?
What if…? Or, as John Lennon would have said, “Imagine…” DLH