Newly minted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) responded to Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s (D-MI) promise to “impeach the motherfucker” at a town hall moderated by MSNBC’s Joy Reid in a clip aired Friday morning.
“I probably have a generational reaction to it, but in any event, I’m not in the censorship business,” Pelosi said. “I don’t like that language, I’m not going to use that language, but I don’t establish language standards for my colleagues and I don’t think it’s anything worse than the President has said.”
Reid asked if the comment could incite a reaction from Trump’s base, angered by the idea that some Democrats are coming into the House majority with impeachment on their minds.
“I think it probably consolidates his base, but I don’t think they need much consolidation, so I don’t know if it makes that much difference,” Pelosi said.
“That’s not the position of the House Democratic caucus,” she added. “That’s freedom of speech of an individual member.”
“Some of the words [Trump] has used have a direct impact on people’s lives,” she concluded. “My colleague’s comments do not have an impact on people’s lives.”
For her part, Tlaib was uncowed the morning after her comments elicited widespread reaction, even from Trump himself.
I will always speak truth to power. #unapologeticallyMe
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) January 4, 2019
She published an op-ed in the Detroit Free Press to back up her call for impeachment.
Watch Pelosi here:
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) January 4, 2019