New House Dem Rashida Tlaib on Trump: 'Impeach the motherf---er'

New Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibPoll: Biden and Sanders tied nationally, followed by Warren More than 100 Democrats sign letter calling for Stephen Miller to resign Hillicon Valley: Progressives oppose funding bill over surveillance authority | Senators call for 5G security coordinator | Facebook gets questions over location tracking | Louisiana hit by ransomware attack MORE (D-Mich.) on Thursday vowed to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates MORE hours after she was sworn in to office, saying before a crowd of supporters, “We’re going to go in and impeach the mothef---er.”

The comments from Tlaib came hours after she was sworn in to Congress and on the same day she had an op-ed published in the Detroit Free Press calling for Trump's impeachment.

A video of Tlaib making the comments circulated Thursday night. She did not specifically name the president.  

ADVERTISEMENT

“People love you and you win,” Tlaib said on the video. “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 going to go in there and impeach the motherf---er,” Tlaib said, handing the microphone over to someone else as the crowd erupted in cheers.

The Michigan Democrat doubled down on her remarks on Friday morning, saying she was "#unapologeticallyMe." 

"This is not just about Donald Trump," she wrote. "This is about all of us. In the face of this constitutional crisis, we must rise." 

Tlaib, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, frequently pushed for Trump's impeachment during her campaign.

“I keep telling people this is about electing a jury that will impeach him, and I make a heck of a juror,” Tlaib told The Hill in April.

In her op-ed, co-written by Trump impeachment advocate John Bonifaz, Tlaib wrote that there was a distinction between "the power of a criminal prosecution" and "the impeachment power."

"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," Tlaib and Bonifaz wrote.

"Those who say we must wait for Special Counsel [Robert] Mueller to complete his criminal investigation before Congress can start any impeachment proceedings ignore this crucial distinction," the article continues.

The newly elected Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Deal on defense bill proves elusive | Hill, Holmes offer damaging testimony | Trump vows to block Navy from ousting officer from SEALs On The Money: Trump signs short-term spending bill to avoid shutdown | Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 | California high court strikes down law targeting Trump tax returns Wasserman Schultz makes bid for House Appropriations Committee gavel MORE (D-Calif.) told USA Today on Thursday that she does not intend to seek grounds for impeachment unless it's "clearly bipartisan."

“The facts will indicate a path and I don't think we should impeach a president for any political reason, but I don't think we can ignore any behavior that requires attention and that was all based on the facts," Pelosi said.

Updated at 9:25 a.m.