Perhaps borrowing a page from the Beto O’Rourke campaign outrage strategy guide, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s re-election campaign is selling a T-Shirt bearing the vulgar message “Impeach the MF,” drawn from a controversial video that streaked across social media earlier this year when Tlaib told supporters, “We’re going to impeach the mother****r” when she talked about President Donald Trump, Fox News reported.
O’Rourke’s infamous “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR15” remark quickly appeared on a T-shirt following his heat-of-the-moment honesty during the recent presidential debate.
The T-Shirt is already drawing heat from both Democrats and Republicans, and President Trump said it was “disrespectful” and “disgraceful,” according to Fox News.
Roll Call noted that Democrat lawmakers spoke to impeachment proponents at the Capitol Thursday, during which Tlaib reportedly led the crowd in a chant of her foul remark.
Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-MI) was quoted by the Detroit News asking, “Can you imagine the outrage if I had put a T-shirt together like that for impeaching President Obama?
Lean in with me to hold this lawless President accountable. Together, we will fight back and protect our democracy.
Our country depends on it!
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) September 26, 2019
“First of all,” he continued, “my mother would have called me and told me, ‘Shame on you.’ Then I would have heard from my Republican colleagues asking me, ‘What in the world are you doing?’ Then I would have to face myself in the mirror and my kids and explain what’s going on, at the same time I’m getting preachy about decorum and how we need civility in politics.”
The Detroit News also quoted Laura Cox, chair of the Michigan Republican Party.
“Rashida Tlaib’s efforts to sell pro-impeachment T-shirts shows that these inquiries are nothing more than a partisan ploy by Democrats to fill their campaign coffers and appease the radical base,” Cox stated “The American people deserve real results, not another witch hunt Democrats want to go through.”
But this controversy provokes a legitimate question: Just how far is too far when it comes to partisan politics? Where is the line to be drawn? While the First Amendment protects speech, even when it is disturbing and perhaps even vile, where is the invisible line that separates decorum from despicable?
Maybe that line will be drawn in November 2020 when Tlaib and her Democrat colleagues are up for re-election.
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