Rashida Tlaib, Who Heckled Trump in 2016, Warned She Was Bringing Her ‘Bullhorn’ to Congress

By Patrick Goodenough | January 7, 2019 | 4:24 AM EST

Rashida Tlaib appears on a British television program last August. (Screen capture: YouTube)

(CNSNews.com) – Rashida Tlaib, the new congresswoman from Michigan who last week called President Trump a “motherf****r,” said before the election that she planned to bring her “bullhorn to the floor of Congress.”

Tlaib, one of the first two Muslim women elected to the U.S. Congress, made the comment when asked on the left-wing news program “Democracy Now!” last August whether she could envisage herself, as a lawmaker, standing up and heckling the president as she did in 2016 during a visit to Detroit by then-candidate Trump.

“Could you see yourself doing the same thing again,” asked presenter Amy Goodman, “with you as a Congress member and him as president?”

“I’m bringing my bullhorn to the floor of Congress,” Tlaib replied with a smile.

Security officials remove Rashida Tlaib as she heckles then-GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump at a meeting of the Detroit Economic Club on Aug. 8, 2016. (Screen capture: YouTube)

Goodman had played a video clip of the heckling incident, which occurred while Trump was addressing the Detroit Economic Club on Aug. 8, 2016.

Tlaib, a former member of the Michigan House of Representatives, was one of more than a dozen protestors removed by security officials as they yelled at the speaker, who three months earlier had become the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

Asked by Goodman what she had shouted, Tlaib said she asked Trump whether he had “ever read the U.S. Constitution, and what part of the U.S. Constitution does he believe in.”

“I think it’s so important that we really get back to who we are,” she added. “And Trump’s America is not who we are.”

On her first day in Congress Tlaib was filmed telling supporters, in reference to the president, “we’re gonna go in and impeach the motherf****r!” Amid the ensuing furor, she tweeted, “I will always speak truth to power. #unapologeticallyMe”

In an earlier appearance on Democracy Now!, last August, Tlaib was asked whether as a member of Congress she would try to impeach Trump.

“Yes,” she replied. “I do truly believe that he’s obstructing justice. It is very clear that something is wrong within our own government.”

Tlaib went on to say that “this is not political for me. I mean, he could be a Democratic president and I would still say the same thing: Obstruction of justice.”

Goodman’s co-host approvingly introduced Tlaib to the program’s audience as someone “poised to become the first Palestinian American woman, and Muslim woman, to serve in Congress.”

“Rashida Tlaib is a Democratic Socialist, who supports the Palestinian ‘right of return’ and the one-state solution [to the Israel-Palestinian conflict],” she continued. “She also supports ‘Medicare for all,’ a $15 minimum wage, and abolishing ICE.”

Patrick Goodenough
Patrick Goodenough
Spencer Journalism Fellow

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