Tlaib says mention of Kavanaugh was 'trigger' to walk out of Trump speech

Tlaib says mention of Kavanaugh was 'trigger' to walk out of Trump speech
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Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDemocrats eye additional relief checks for coronavirus 20 House Dems call on Trump to issue two-week, nationwide shelter-in-place order Pressley, Tlaib introduce bill providing .5B in emergency grants for the homeless MORE (Mich.), one of multiple Democrats who walked out of the House chamber Tuesday evening in protest of President Trump's State of the Union address, says it was his mention of Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughCoronavirus isn't the only reason Congress should spend less time in DC Progressives urge Democrats to hear from federal judge deeply critical of Roberts, conservatives Trump Jr. says he inherited 'Tourette's of the thumbs' from his father MORE that did it for her.

Trump sought to tout his accomplishments, including judicial appointments, naming Kavanaugh and Justice Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchHillicon Valley: Twitter says Chinese official's virus disinformation doesn't violate rules | Hackers target WHO | Senators urge agencies to stop coronavirus robocalls Supreme Court raises bar for racial discrimination claims in contracts Progressives urge Democrats to hear from federal judge deeply critical of Roberts, conservatives MORE specifically.

"I think, you know, even the mention of Brett Kavanaugh for me is a trigger," Tlaib said in an interview with MSNBC's Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowMaddow hits Trump's 'happy talk' on virus: 'I would stop putting those briefings on live TV' New York City reports 923 coronavirus cases, 10 deaths Biden faces tricky test in unifying party MORE. "Just as a woman in America, the fact that he, you know, rightfully was accused, and having an incredibly strong woman come before the public and the world and tell her story of sexual assault by this person that was appointed to the Supreme Court is just — I couldn't stand still and not do anything about it, and I needed to walk away from that."

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Psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her while they were both in high school, giving detailed testimony in 2018 before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which voted along party lines to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate, where he was confirmed on Oct. 6 of that year.

Tlaib highlighted that Trump is now a "forever impeached president," after the House approved two articles of impeachment late last year.

"He cannot continue to lie to the American people. He cannot continue to — not only what I saw in lie after lie, but also to mislead the public and use immigrants and use people of various different faiths to try to increase fear and just use fearmongering kind of politics. Look, we're tired of the hate rhetoric. We're tired of [the] divisiveness in our country," Tlaib said.