Tlaib: ‘I’m not going nowhere until I impeach this president’

    Rashida Tlaib | Andrew Roth

    U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) brought the house down at the national NAACP convention in Detroit on Monday when she again vowed to impeach President Donald Trump.

    Trump has been on the attack for more than a week against Tlaib and progressive members of Congress known as the “Squad,” which also includes U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). He has tweeted that they should “go back” to the “places from which they came.” Tlaib was born in Detroit, Pressley was born in Cincinnati, Ocasio-Cortez was born in New York City and Omar was born in Somalia.

    The president also held a North Carolina rally last week in which a ‘Send her back” chant broke out about Omar. On Monday, Trump tweeted that the four women of color are “not very smart” and are “troublemakers.”

    Tlaib has fought back against Trump’s racist comments and has continued to push for impeachment. She did so again at the NAACP event on Monday.

    “I’m not going nowhere! Not until I impeach this president,” she said.

    Tlaib also invited others to join the Squad.

    “And it’s beyond just the four of us. … You are all the squad, trust me,” she said. “If you support equity, you support justice, you are one of us.”

    Tlaib said that it’s a “new era” of the Civil Rights Movement and she encouraged activists to run for office.

    “We need bold action, folks,” she said.

    And she later added, “Taking bold action doesn’t mean we lose. What we’re saying here is when we fight, we win.”

    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.


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