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Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibIlhan Omar to Biden: 'Deliver on your promise to cancel student debt' Who's the boss? Pelosi's legacy sealed after kowtowing to 'the Squad' Democratic civil war hits new heights MORE (D-Mich.) on Tuesday criticized the arrests of protesters on Capitol Hill who called on lawmakers to start impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' MORE.
Eight individuals were arrested by the Capitol Police in the Cannon House Office Building on Tuesday morning and charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding, a Capitol Police spokeswoman told The Hill.
Tlaib, who has been one of the most vocal liberals pushing for Trump's impeachment, responded to a tweet from By the People, an activist group calling for impeachment that organized the protests. The freshman congresswoman called the arrests "ridiculous."
"This is ridiculous. This is the people's House and they have every right to demand accountability of this lawless President," Tlaib tweeted.
This is ridiculous. This is the people's House and they have every right to demand accountability of this lawless President. https://t.co/BEbSvELtwF— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) May 14, 2019
"This is how we take back our democracy. When the people lead, Congress and those in power will follow. Today, I uplift the brave fighters who are demanding accountability of this lawless President. Our future and country depend on it," Tlaib added in another tweet along with the hashtag #TimetoImpeach.
The protests come after a coalition of liberal activist groups held a rally with Tlaib and Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenIlhan Omar to Biden: 'Deliver on your promise to cancel student debt' Deportations of Haitians spark concerns over environmental refugees The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Gears begin to shift in Congress on stalled Biden agenda MORE (D-Texas) outside the Capitol last Thursday to highlight a petition with more than 10 million signatures calling for Congress to start impeachment proceedings.
"We are a part of the millions of Americans who support impeachment. Trump can and will only be impeached by the people. The political establishment - from both parties want to wait out the clock. They put party before country, and political calculations over their oaths of office. Today we say no more, Congress you are on notice - it is #TimeToImpeach,” Alexandra Flores-Quilty, an organizer with By the People, said in a statement.
Tlaib introduced a resolution in late March calling on the House Judiciary Committee to inquire whether the chamber should impeach Trump.
It currently has seven co-sponsors, most of whom signed on following the release of a partially redacted version of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's report on Russia's election interference and whether Trump obstructed justice over the course of the investigation.
Cosponsors of Tlaib's resolution include Green and fellow liberal freshman Democratic Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarDemocrats step up pressure on Biden on student loan forgiveness Democrats fret as longshot candidates pull money, attention Bleak midterm outlook shadows bitter Democratic battle MORE (Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSinema's no Manchin, no McCain and no maverick Ocasio-Cortez goes indoor skydiving for her birthday Democrats fret as longshot candidates pull money, attention MORE (N.Y.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOvernight Health Care — Presented by The National Council for Mental Wellbeing — FDA panel advises Moderna booster shot for high-risk people Ilhan Omar to Biden: 'Deliver on your promise to cancel student debt' Biden's Red Queen justice: How he destroyed both the investigation and the reputation of border agents MORE (Mass.).
Tlaib has long supported impeaching Trump, including on her first day in office in January when she rallied a crowd by saying "we’re going to impeach the motherf---er.”
But Democratic leaders have been reluctant to pursue impeachment and have instead sought to continue aggressively investigating the Trump administration.
When asked last week about Democratic leaders' continued resistance to impeachment, Tlaib replied by referencing last week's petition: "Getting 10 million signatures makes me feel like I'm the right side of history."
Tlaib, one of the first Muslim women and the first Palestinian American woman elected to Congress, has also been under scrutiny in recent days for invoking the Holocaust while discussing the Palestinian role in the founding of Israel.
President Trump and House Republicans have accused Tlaib of making anti-Semitic remarks, while Democrats defended her by saying her words were taken out of context.
"There’s always kind of a calming feeling, I tell folks, when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people’s passports," Tlaib said in an interview with Yahoo News's "Skullduggery" podcast.
"And just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time," Tlaib added. "And I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right, in many ways. But they did it in a way that took their human dignity away, and it was forced on them."