In a town hall event with MSNBC’s Joy Reid that is set to air later this evening, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said that while she wouldn’t use an expletive like Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) did when she called for President Trump’s impeachment Thursday night, she’s “not in the censorship business.” On top of that, per Pelosi, Tlaib’s comments weren’t worse than anything the president has said.
The new House leader explained that “impeachment is a very divisive approach” and that it should be taken on “without the facts,” stating that she wants the country ” to be unified and bring people together.”
Addressing Tlaib’s “we are going to impeach the motherfucker” remarks at a MoveOn reception after she was sworn into Congress, Pelosi said it was a generational issue for her. “That would not be language I would use, but nonetheless, I don’t think we should make a big deal of it,” she stated.
“I’m not in the censorship business,” Pelosi said. “I don’t like that language, I wouldn’t use that language, but I wouldn’t establish language standards for my colleagues.”
Furthermore, Pelosi noted that Tlaib’s comments were “nothing worse than the president has said,” and while it may consolidate the president’s base, she doesn’t think “they need much consolidation.”
Following the backlash and outrage over her comments, largely from Republicans and conservatives, Tlaib took to Twitter this morning and said that she was being unapologetically herself and speaking “truth to power.” Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tore into Pelosi and Democrats for not taking action against Tlaib for her language. He also dismissed the president’s own language and personal insults, claiming that Republicans have called him out.
MCCARTHY: "You know what our freshman class did? They put together a resolution to not use foul language. This is the difference & it's wrong."
REPORTER: But Trump recently called a woman 'horseface.' Who within your caucus called him out? 🔥🔥🔥
M: "I think a lot of them did" pic.twitter.com/axHOjBOMau
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 4, 2019
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.