Rep. Rashida Tlaib Signs Pledge to Vote to Impeach ‘Individual-1’

By Patrick Goodenough | February 26, 2019 | 5:22pm EST
Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., left, and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. (Photo: Tlaib/Facebook)

( – Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), who sparked a furor early this year for using a vulgar expletive to describe President Trump – in a comment about impeaching him – has reportedly become the first member of Congress to sign an advocacy group’s pledge to vote to do just that.

A video clip posted online shows Tlaib signing the pledge, compiled by a group calling itself “By the People.”

“It is a pledge that I will defend the Constitution and the American people by voting to impeach President Donald J. Trump,” Tlaib says, holding up a piece of paper before putting her name to it.

“So it’s going to be my pleasure – as I always say, ‘Tick tock, Individual-1’ – and so it will be my pleasure to support this,” she continues.

“And I just can’t wait for us to show, um, especially the families in my district, that they are being put first. And that we’re going to hold everyone accountable to the law, including the president of the United States.”

“Individual-1” is the term used to refer to Trump in federal court papers in the case of his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, sentenced last December for campaign finance violations, tax evasion and lying to Congress. The indictment background reads in part, “In or about January 2017, COHEN left the Company and began holding himself out as the ‘personal attorney’ to Individual-1, who at that point had become the President of the United States.”

Trump critics like Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) have taken to use the term “Individual-1” in a snide reference to the president.

Tlaib, a Palestinian American, and Omar, a Somali American, are the first two Muslim women to be elected to the U.S. Congress. Omar has also reportedly signed the “For the People” impeachment pledge.

Both have attracted considerable controversy in the weeks since their swearing-in, and Tlaib on the day she took her seat was filmed telling supporters, in reference to Trump, “we’re gonna go in and impeach the motherf****r!

She later tweeted of the kerfuffle, “I will always speak truth to power,” and in a recent appearance on Showtime’s “Desus & Mero” show, Tlaib, Omar and fellow freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) laughed off what they called Tlaib’s “boo boo word.”

Ocasio-Cortez recalled that, amid the fuss over Tlaib’s profanity, “I sent her a text and was like, ‘Don’t worry about it. Like, this – I mean, who cares?’ And she was like, ‘Yeah, I’m from Detroit, right. Back there that’s what we call a guy.’”

Last August, Tlaib was asked during an earlier appearance on the left-wing news show Democracy Now! whether as a member of Congress she would try to impeach Trump.

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

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

“For the People” is urging supporters to challenge their members of Congress, along the following lines:

“Please do your job: Defend us from a president who believes he can get away with anything. If the president violates the Constitution, Congress is supposed to defend the American people by impeaching and removing the president from office. We the people ask you to publicly take the pledge below: I pledge to defend the Constitution and the American People by voting to impeach President Donald J. Trump.”

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