CNN's Axelrod on Dem rep's 'Impeach the motherf---er' comment: 'Is this helpful?'

CNN host and former Obama adviser David Axelrod on Friday questioned whether freshman Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOmar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat Will Bernie have to turn on his bros? Rashida Tlaib detained by police during protest against low wages at Detroit airport MORE's (D-Mich.) comment to "impeach the motherf---er" about President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau spends millions on ad campaign to mitigate fears on excluded citizenship question Bloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Democratic senator meets with Iranian foreign minister MORE are "helpful."


In a tweet sharing The Hill's story on the comments, Axelrod asked his 1.12 million followers if the language was "helpful." 

"Come on! I get the anger but is this helpful?" Axelrod asked about the comments made at a event in Washington, D.C., on Thursday night.  


Axelrod, who hosts "The Axe Files," then answered his own question in a subsequent tweet, saying, "No it's not."


Axelrod's tweet received some pushback by his followers.


A video of Tlaib making the controversial comments went viral on Thursday night, hours after she was sworn in to Congress.

“People love you and you win,” Tlaib said on the video in which she does not name the president specifically. “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 to the crowd that erupted in cheers. 


Reactions to the comments varied across Washington on Friday.

Newly minted Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Sanders on the rise as Nevada debate looms Lawmakers push back at Trump's Pentagon funding grab for wall Malaysia says it will choose 5G partners based on own standards, not US recommendations MORE (D-Calif.) responded to them in a town hall that will air on MSNBC on Friday, stating she's "not in the censorship business."