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Nancy Pelosi defended Rashida Tlaib after she vowed to impeach Trump



Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi doesn’t have a problem with the profanity-laced call for impeachment freshman congresswoman Rashida Tlaib directed at President Donald Trump.

“I probably have a generational reaction it, but in any event I’m not in the censorship business,” she told Joy Reid at an MSNBC Town Hall on Friday. “I don’t like that language, I wouldn’t use that language, I don’t again establish any language standards for my colleagues. But I don’t think its anything worse than what the president has said.”

The House speaker was responding to a question from Reid about Tlalib’s assertion that Democrats were “going to impeach the motherf—er,” referencing Trump.

Read more: ‘We’re going to impeach the motherf—er’: Rep. Rashida Tlaib made a strident anti-Trump speech hours after being sworn in

Tlaib faced some backlash after the statement from some Republicans and the president himself. “I think she dishonored herself and I think she dishonored her family,” he said on Friday.

It also placed some Democrats, who worry about political optics of prematurely calling for impeachment, in an uncomfortable position. Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, called conversations about impeachment premature.

“I disagree with what she said. It is too early to talk about that intelligently. We have to follow the facts,” The New York Times reported.

Pelosi defended Tlalib, and chalked up some of the backlash to gendered beliefs about the way women should speak.

“If she were a man would they be making a fuss right now?” Pelosi said Friday.

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