CNN host and former Obama adviser David Axelrod on Friday questioned whether freshman Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDemocratic bill would force Fed to defund fossil fuels Democrats brace for battle on Biden's .5 trillion spending plan 'Squad' members call on Biden to shut down Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota MORE's (D-Mich.) comment to "impeach the motherf---er" about President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol 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 MoveOn.org event in Washington, D.C., on Thursday night.
Come on! I get the anger but is this helpful? https://t.co/Qb6tigEJUe— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) January 4, 2019
Axelrod, who hosts "The Axe Files," then answered his own question in a subsequent tweet, saying, "No it's not."
No it’s not.— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) January 4, 2019
Axelrod's tweet received some pushback by his followers.
Honestly, David, you should be doing everything you can to normalize the notion of impeachment. This President is so far over the lines of legal behavior in so many directions, your restricting yourself to language policing is far less helpful.— Skott Klebe (@skottk) January 4, 2019
It’s just locker room talk!— Mr. Walmsley (@MrBWalmsley) January 4, 2019
I bet if a man said it, it wouldn’t matter but because she is a woman she shouldn’t curse. #sorrynotsorry— VeraGen (@Strugachik) January 4, 2019
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 PelosiRepublicans caught in California's recall trap Raise the debt limit while starting to fix the budget 'Justice for J6' organizer calls on demonstrators to respect law enforcement 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."