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 TlaibBiden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs Overnight Energy: EPA rule exempts many polluting industries from future air regulations | Ex-Michigan governor to be charged over Flint water crisis: report | Officials ousted from White House after papers casting doubt on climate science Ex-Michigan governor to be charged over Flint water crisis: report MORE's (D-Mich.) comment to "impeach the motherf---er" about President TrumpDonald TrumpClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden's Inauguration Day Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Biden reverses Trump's freeze on .4 billion in funds 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.  


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 PelosiGOP operative installed as NSA top lawyer placed on administrative leave: reports Budowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Biden taps career civil servants to acting posts at State, USAID, UN 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."