— Bo Erickson (@BoKnowsNews) January 4, 2019
Self-proclaimed socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became known after a shocking primary victory for her admittedly “radical” approach to governing the American republic, but as the 116th Congress gets under way, it’s clear many members of her freshman class are kindred spirits.
Shortly after being sworn in on Thomas Jefferson’s Quran, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. – who was endorsed by the far-left Democratic Socialists of America – joined Democrats calling for the impeachment of President Trump.
She punctuated her tirade with profanity: “We’re going to go in and impeach the motherf*cker!”
Tlaib affirmed her remark in a tweet, declaring, “I will always speak truth to power. #unapologeticallyMe.”
She dodged reporters, however, when confronted Friday morning.
“If you’re unapologetic Congresswoman, why not talk to us?” a reporter asked.
Tlaib joined Ilhan Omar of Minnesota as the first female Muslim members of Congress.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi downplayed her new Democratic colleague’s remark, saying it was not “anything worse than what the president has said.”
“Generationally, that would not be language I would use, but nonetheless, I don’t think we should make a big deal of it,” the speaker said.
Tlaib’s comments followed an op-ed in the Detroit Free Press calling Trump a “direct and serious threat.”
She wasn’t the only Democrat to eschew tradition in the ceremonial oath of office.
Freshman Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., chose not to use any religious text, placing her hand on a copy of the Constitution.
70 percent tax rate
Meanwhile, in an interview with Anderson Cooper for “60 Minutes” scheduled to run Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez put feet to her faith, calling for a tax rate as high at 70 percent.
When Cooper asked whether or not that policy proposal would classify her as a “radical,” Ocasio-Cortez affirmed she fits the bill.
But in the process she compared herself to Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
“I think radicals changed this country,” she said. “Abraham Lincoln made the radical decision to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. Franklin Delano Roosevelt made the radical decision to establish programs like social security.”
Hitler, impeachment and abolishing the Electoral College
The freshmen aren’t the only Democratic members of the new Congress turning heads.
In a speech Tuesday to the NAACP, Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., likened President Trump to Hitler, calling the president an “authoritarian anti-immigrant racist strongman.”
“[Hitler] rode a wave of nationalism and anti-Semitism to power. Replace anti-Semitism with ‘all Latinos crossing our borders are rapists, drug dealers and murderers,’ does that sound familiar?” Johnson said in a keynote at an event hosted by the NAACP’s Atlanta chapter.
Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., filed articles of impeachment against Trump “as his first order of business in the new, Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.”
Rep. Steven Cohen, D-Mich., introduced legislation to abolish the Electoral College, citing the fact that Democrats won more votes nationally but lost in two presidential elections since 2000.
He complained the Democratic candidates didn’t win “because of the distorting effect of the outdated Electoral College,” ignoring the fact that the Republican candidates would have employed a different strategy if faced with a national vote.
“Americans expect and deserve the winner of the popular vote to win office,” he insisted.