A Democratic congresswoman rung the impeachment bell as she vows to impeach President Donald Trump shortly after her term kicked off. This vow have instigated Republican outrage and testing party discipline barely a day after Democrats regained the House.
As a clip of Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib’s animated comments went viral on social media, Trump tartly dismissed the threat of impeachment in a tweet on Friday.
“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%?” Trump tweeted.
“They only want to impeach me because they know they can’t win in 2020, too much success!
While in attendance at an event following her swearing-in Thursday, Tlaib told a cheering crowd of supporters: “People love you. And you win.”
“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 motherfucker.”
A long-time renowned critic of the Republican leader, she was once arrested for heckling the then-candidate during his White House run.
The first day of her entry into Congress, Tlaib labelled Trump “a direct and serious threat to our country,” in a co-authored op-ed published in the Detroit Free Press newspaper.
“We already have overwhelming evidence that the president has committed impeachable offences,” she said. “Each new day brings new damage to the countless people hurt by this lawless president’s actions. We can’t undo the trauma that he is causing to our people.”
“The time for impeachment proceedings is now.”
Democrats’ new majority stance in the House of Representatives has marked a dramatic power shift on Capitol Hill less than two years before the Republican president’s re-election bid, as Democrats plan on putting a check on Trump’s turbulent White House.