Freshman congresswoman Rashida Tlaib kicked off her first term with a verbal shot heard around the world in her profanity-laced call to impeach President Donald J. Trump. Until recently, it wasn’t common to hear foul language from politicians, especially in reference to the president. However, Trump indirectly invited this type of commentary to the forefront during his campaign when his infamous “grab ’em by the p**sy” remark was aired by news outlets worldwide.
As Vox reported back in 2015, Donald Trump’s supporters are not newcomers to Tlaib’s preferred insult. In fact, a Trump campaign rally in Las Vegas featured some protesters who were treated very roughly. Crowd members encouraged violence against them, with comments such as “light the motherf***er on fire” being accompanied by claims that one of the protesters in question was “a Muslim.”
Donald Trump did not condemn this type of language or behavior from his fanbase, but now the conservative side of the aisle is unhappy with Rashida Tlaib for saying something similar. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Tlaib said “we’re gonna go in there and impeach the motherf***er” to a large, and mostly appreciative, crowd gathered inside the State Room bar.
@RashidaTlaib – Thanks for saying what so many of us are thinking. Way to go, Detroit!
— Jack The Programmer (@i_got_bained) January 4, 2019
Condemnations for Tlaib’s usage of profanity have poured in from both sides of the political aisle. Rashida Tlaib is one of the first two female Muslims elected to congressional office, and it seems likely that her choice of words was very conscious. It’s possible it was even a direct response to Trump’s supporters calling a man believed to be Muslim a “mother***er.”
I am as liberal as they come. The comment you made was beneath the office of a member of the House of Representatives. Quite honestly you are a student of Donald Trump politics with that type of behavior. A very unimpressive start Ms Tiaib.
— Mark Schmandt (@schmonster) January 4, 2019
It’s worth noting that Donald Trump has used the exact same language during speeches that have been widely cheered and defended by his loyal base. Per a video posted by Mother Jones, Trump said about China, “Listen you mother***ers, we’re going to tax you 25 percent,” during another Las Vegas rally.
Even when he’s not swearing, Trump has a habit of using negative commentary on Twitter, and during interviews. He celebrated the New Year by posting a Twitter message about “haters,” “the fake news media,” and those “suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome.” He’s also fond of calling people “dogs,” “losers,” and “stupid” on social media.
“And when your son looks at you and says, ‘Mama look, you won. Bullies don’t win,’ and I said, ‘Baby, they don’t,’ because we’re gonna go in there and we’re going to impeach the motherf—-r,” new House Democrat Rashida Tlaib said, speaking of Trump https://t.co/0Unk36dNFW pic.twitter.com/yAzW4h1FrT
— CNN (@CNN) January 4, 2019
Time opined that Trump is “smart to swear,” and pointed out that presidents have a long history of doing so off the record. For example, former president George W. Bush called a reporter a “major-league a**hole.” Studies even show that swearing makes men come off as more believable, but there’s a big double-standard when it comes to women — because people over the age of 25 still believe it’s not “ladylike.”
This helps explain why so many people are roasting Tlaib’s choice of words while letting Donald Trump swear with impunity, but it also points out the hypocrisy of the conservative media — apparently expecting only females and liberals to keep their language clean. Either way, Rashida Tlaib appears unconcerned about the controversy.
I will always speak truth to power. #unapologeticallyMe
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) January 4, 2019
In fact, President Trump just let his hypocrisy and leanings toward double standards show when he commented on Rashida Tlaiband’s use of profanity during a press conference today. He stated,
I think she dishonored herself and I think she dishonored her family. Using language like that in front of her son and whoever else was there, I thought that was a great dishonor to her and to her family. I thought it was highly disrespectful to the United States of America.
You can’t have it both ways, Mr. President. And, although many Americans may think the same thing about Tlaiband’s poor choice of expressing himself, the POTUS should hold himself to a higher standard in the same regard, as well.