Dem lawmaker: 'Kind of odd' for GOP to be 'clutching their pearls' over profane call to impeach Trump

Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineDems revive impeachment talk after latest Cohen bombshell Hillicon Valley: Trump AG pick signals new scrutiny on tech giants | Wireless providers in new privacy storm | SEC brings charges in agency hack | Facebook to invest 0M in local news Dems introduce bills to block offshore drilling MORE (D-R.I.) on Sunday scoffed at the controversy surrounding Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibNew progressive sheriffs in town ready to fight for Main Street On The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction GOP lawmaker accuses Dems of 'empowering' anti-Semitism MORE's (D-Mich.) profane vow to impeach President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values MORE, accusing Republicans critical of the freshman lawmaker's comments of hypocrisy.

"It’s kind of odd to hear people on the Republican side who have not condemned the president’s language in a million different contexts to suddenly be clutching their pearls over her use of that language," Cicilline said on "Fox News Sunday."

"This was at a private event, she can use whatever language she thinks is appropriate," he continued. "The fundamental issue is Democrats are fighting for the people of this country. We’re going to focus on issues that matter in their lives, and we’re going to do our oversight responsibilities in a serious way."

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Cicilline, a chairman of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, was responding to comments Tlaib made last Thursday night at an event for progressive group MoveOn.org.

Tlaib told the crowd "we’re gonna go in there and we’re going to impeach the motherf---er," prompting applause from attendees.

The remarks prompted outrage from conservatives, and Trump said Tlaib "dishonored herself" and "dishonored her family."

Democrats have been split in their response, with a number of lawmakers calling the comments "inappropriate" and urging patience on moving forward with impeachment proceedings.

Other Democrats have downplayed the controversy, noting that Trump repeatedly used vulgar language during the 2016 presidential campaign and has been reported to have done so during his presidency, such as when he reportedly described Haiti, El Savador and some African nations as "shithole countries."