President Donald Trump criticized newly sworn-in Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) for her “disgraceful” language after she promised her supporters she would “impeach the motherf**ker” during an appearance at a MoveOn.org rally last week.
Trump told reporters outside the White House Friday:
“I thought her comments were disgraceful. I think she dishonored her family using language like that in front of her son and whoever else was there. I thought that was a great dishonor to her and to her family.”
But the internet always has the receipts, and these receipts came in the form of video footage of Trump railing against the Chinese during a campaign speech in Las Vegas in 2011, shortly after he withdrew from the 2012 presidential election race. He can be heard using the same phrase he and others have criticized Tlaib for using.
“So easy. I’d drop a 25 percent tax on China,” Trump told his audience at the time, explaining how he would respond to a deluge of Chinese exports in the United States. He added: “We’re gonna tax you 25 percent. “And I could say: ‘Listen, you motherf**kers, we’re gonna tax you 25 percent.’”
You can see the video for yourself below:
Trump’s speech was so peppered with language that an ABC News broadcast at the time included an interview with an audience member who, when asked whether someone who spoke like Trump could become the Republican Party’s presidential nominee, replied: “I think he needs to work on that a little bit.”
As many have pointed out, the pearl-clutching over Tlaib’s language is rather absurd.
Trump brags about sexual assault on tape—@GOP: "Locker room talk"
Trump separates migrant families—@GOP: "He's tough on the border"
Trump implicated in 2 felonies—@GOP: *loud silence*
— Rantt Media (@RanttMedia) January 6, 2019
Trump is, as we speak, telling a series of easily refutable, xenophobic lies to the American people. That does not seem to make people in the elite press as angry as calling him a motherfucker does. I do not understand that hierarchy of values.
— David Roberts (@drvox) January 4, 2019
After 2 years of a so-called American President saying things like "grab them by the pussy," "Shithole countries," and "get that sonovabitch off the field," I have NO problem with Rashida Tlaib calling trump a motherfucker.
His own CABINET has called him similar things.😤
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) January 4, 2019
Today Trump said he might keep the gov't shut down for YEARS, then threatened to declare a national emergency and use the military to seize land along the border.
But hey, let's talk about the Democrat who said "motherfucker."
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) January 4, 2019
Trump put babies in cages and an attempted rapist on the Supreme Court.
Motherfucker is a polite term for what he is, tbh.
— Kaili Joy Gray (@KailiJoy) January 4, 2019
If Beto O'Rourke had called Trump a "motherfucker", the media would be fawning over his authenticity.
But Rashida Tlaib does it and she's decried for not being civil or ladylike by the media. Ridiculous.
— Denizcan Grimes (@MrFilmkritik) January 6, 2019
Tlaib’s colleague in the House, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), also came to her defense.
Republican hypocrisy at its finest: saying that Trump admitting to sexual assault on tape is just “locker room talk,” but scandalizing themselves into faux-outrage when my sis says a curse word in a bar.
GOP lost entitlement to policing women’s behavior a long time ago.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 5, 2019
Shortly before she delivered the “motherf**ker” comment, Tlaib wrote an op-ed with John Bonifaz in which she outlined the case for impeaching the president, who is under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on suspicion that he and his associates worked with Russian operatives to subvert the 2016 presidential election.
“President Donald Trump is a direct and serious threat to our country. On an almost daily basis, he attacks our Constitution, our democracy, the rule of law and the people who are in this country. His conduct has created a constitutional crisis that we must confront now,” she wrote, noting that “obstructing justice; violating the emoluments clause; abusing the pardon power; directing or seeking to direct law enforcement to prosecute political adversaries for improper purposes; advocating illegal violence and undermining equal protection of the laws; ordering the cruel and unconstitutional imprisonment of children and their families at the southern border; and conspiring to illegally influence the 2016 election through a series of hush money payments” are all offenses worthy of impeachment.
“The Framers distinguished the impeachment power from the power of a criminal prosecution. While Congress has the impeachment power to prevent future harm to our government, prosecutors have the power to seek punishment for those who commit crimes,” she stresses. “But it is not Mueller’s role to determine whether the president has committed impeachable offenses. That is the responsibility of the U.S. Congress.”
Your move, Congress.