Why the F-Bomb?
“Impeach the motherfucker.”

That’s what newly inaugurated U.S. congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, speaking at an event in Washington, DC, said about Donald Trump before a gaggle of national press.

I have a question for Tlaib. Is that the extent of your vocabulary when you want to articulate an important thought, or were you a tattooed sailor in a previous life?

Tlaib’s comment came shortly after she was sworn in. It was a momentous occasion because Tlaib is the first-ever Palestinian-American woman in congress. She was sworn in using Thomas Jefferson’s Koran and as a tribute to her culture she wore a traditional Palestinian thobe, an ankle-length garment, which once belonged to her mother. Quite an accomplishment for her personally, for women, for her party, for her heritage. She capped it all that day by calling the President of the United States a motherfucker.


What’s next? Is Tlaib going to stand on the floor of Congress and introduce her first piece of legislation by saying, “Okay, listen up all you cocksuckers, I have a fucking bill here that you assholes better vote for or I’m going to be very pissed off.” Let’s hope not.

I get that she, and her party, don’t like the current resident of the Oval Office. But when district attorney Vincent Bugliosi was prosecuting Charles Manson, he never gave a press conference and said of Manson, “We’re going to convict the motherfucker.” So the guy who coordinated the horrific murders of nine people, including the stabbing death of pregnant Sharon Tate who cried out “Mother, mother” as she and her unborn child were slaughtered, was referred to at press conferences as “Mr. Manson.” Trump, well, he’s a motherfucker.

Want to call for Trump’s impeachment? Sure.

Want to call him unqualified? Sure.

Want to call him out of touch and in over his head. Why not.

Want to call him a racist? Go for it.

But call him a motherfucker? No. Come on, be more creative—and intelligent—than that.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld works “clean” which means he can keep you in stitches for hours with his clever observations about humanity while using absolutely no profanity. Very few comedians can do a set without dropping F-bombs everywhere. It’s easy to use profanity to punctuate a joke or to draw attention to your point; a true master can make the joke just as funny or the point just as interesting without stooping to use profanity to appeal to the lowest intellectual common denominator.

Tlaib, you represent the 10 million great people of Michigan in the U.S. House of Representatives. You and 434 other representatives and 100 senators are part of the U.S. Congress which represents the 325,000,000 people living in the greatest country on this planet. We have chosen you out of millions and millions of U.S. citizens to lead us, to guide us, and to set the bar high on making us a better nation.

Stay out of the gutter.

And remember that two wrongs don’t make a right.

Rise to the occasion.

It’s why we elected you.

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