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story.lead_photo.caption Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is shown in this file photo.

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., went to the defense of Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., on Saturday -- denouncing what she called "faux-outrage" over profane language Tlaib used while calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment.

"Republican hypocrisy at its finest: saying that Trump admitting to sexual assault on tape is just 'locker room talk,' but scandalizing themselves into faux-outrage when my sis says a curse word in a bar," Ocasio-Cortez wrote. "GOP lost entitlement to policing women's behavior a long time ago. Next."

Speaking directly to Tlaib, who on Thursday became the first Palestinian-American woman sworn in as a member of Congress, Ocasio-Cortez added: "I got your back."

Ocasio-Cortez's comments come in response to a wave of criticism aimed toward Tlaib, who spoke candidly during a Thursday night reception for progressive group MoveOn.org. In a video that went viral, she used an expletive while vowing that the Democrat-controlled House would focus its efforts on removing Trump from office.

"Don't you ever, ever, let anybody take away your roots, your culture, who you are. Ever," Tlaib told the crowd in the packed space. "Because when you [hang on to those things], people love you and you win. And when your son looks at you and says, 'Mama, look. You won. Bullies don't win.'

"And I said, 'Baby, they don't,' because we're gonna go in there and we're gonna impeach the m * * * * * f * * * * *."

In her tweet, Ocasio-Cortez seems to refer to a recorded 2005 conversation between Trump and Billy Bush that emerged before the 2016 presidential election. In the video clip, Trump is heard bragging about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women.

Trump later brushed off the conversation as "locker-room banter."

Although Ocasio-Cortez went to Tlaib's defense, several of her Democratic colleagues showed concern with the choice of words by the representative from Michigan. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., characterized the speech as "inappropriate" and potentially distracting and counterproductive for Democrats.

Those on the right expressed anger -- spearheaded by Trump, who called Tlaib's comments "disgraceful."

"I assume she's new. I think she dishonored herself, and I think she dishonored her family," Trump said at a news conference. "I thought it was highly disrespectful to the United States of America."

On Fox News, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., accused Tlaib of attacking the president.

"Look at the brand-new elected congresswoman and her language of what she says to her son in a rally that she thought was private last night," McCarthy said. "Their whole focus here is to try and attack this president when we're trying to move America forward."

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said Friday that Tlaib "took the politics of Washington deeper down the drain."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., acknowledged "legitimate" anger over Trump but said it was premature to be talking about impeachment. Pelosi has often said lawmakers need to let special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election play out.

Pelosi also said she didn't like Tlaib's language but was "not in the censorship business" -- and suggested there wouldn't have been so much hand-wringing over Tlaib's comments if she were a man.

"What she said is less offensive than what President Trump said about John McCain," Pelosi said.

On Friday, Tlaib showed no indication that she would apologize or back down from her remarks.

"I will always speak truth to power," she wrote, adding the hashtag #unapologeticallyMe.

Photo by AP/CAROLYN KASTER
In this Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 photo, then Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, is shown on the house floor before being sworn into the 116th Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

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  • 23cal
    January 6, 2019 at 8:04 a.m.

    I was so disappointed and dismayed when I saw the story where she called him a motherf****r. I couldn't care less if it isn't any different than how Donald Trump talks-- I want our leaders to aim higher than the incredibly low bar he sets for public discourse. We also don't need Democrats making public vows about impeachment *before* the evidence is heard in the open. She didn't sound tough or fiery to me-- it came across like the Democratic version of "lock her up"-- said for effect to fire up a group of rabid supporters. It was a mistake, and one that she doubled down on later in the day. A bad misstep for a rookie on her first day...
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    Now, on to the hypocritical faux outrage of the right wing which totally ignores: (Stay with me here) Grab 'em by the pu***y!. “$hithole countries”."bomb the sh*t out of 'em". “Listen you motherf****rs, we're going to tax you 25%”. I did try and fu*k her, She was married, I moved on her very heavily. Crooked Hillary. Little Rocket Man. Low Energy Jeb. Lyin' Ted. Pocahontas. Failing New York Times. Crazy Maxine. Little Marco. Crazy Joe. Sleepy Joe. The Dick. Moonbeam Jerry Brown. Nasty Woman. Leakin Lyin Slimeball Slippery Shady James Comey. Liddle' Bob Corker, Jeff Flaky, Puppet Jones, Lightweight Gillibrand. A thief. Sneaky Leaking Diane. Lamb the Shame. Wacky and Deranged Omarosa. Crazed Cryin Lowlife Omarosa. Cheatin' Obama. Lyin' Obama. Schumer Puppet. A third rate reporter. A Hillary flunky! Dumb as a rock. Wacko. Sad. Crying. Total phony. Cried like a baby. Rex didn't have the mental capacity needed. Lazy as Hell. MS-13 Lover Pelosi. Sleazy Little Adam Schitt. Look at that face, would anyone vote for that? That dog! Fat slob! Fake Tears Chuck. Head Clown Chuck. Mr. Maggoo. I like people who weren't captured. Big Luther. The Indian. Low IQ Maxine Waters. Wacky Wilson. Sloppy Steve. Crazy Jim Acosta. There was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever. Dopey CNN Flunky. Dumb as a Rock Mika. Low IQ Mika. Marbles in His Mouth Tom Brockaw. Crazy Megyn. Sour Lemon. Grab 'em by the pussy. The Dumbest Man On Television. Psycho Joe. Little George. Little Katy. Fake ABC News. Clinton News Network. Very Fake News. Animals. Liberal Fake News. Amazon Washington Post. Crooked Press. Enemy of the American People. Horse Face. Punchy DeNiro. Goofball Atheist Penn. Miss Piggy. FBI Lover Boy.
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    Did y'all ever think that maybe you and your mouthy toddler shouldn't be dishing out what you aren't willing to eat yourself?

  • RobertBolt
    January 6, 2019 at 8:38 a.m.

    People must be free to say what they want and then to face the consequences for it. If a Democrat's use of a single forbidden word against a Republican offends, at least do us the favor of not taking the opportunity to repeat all such offensive terms one can find from a Republican. This both-siderism, however accurate or skewed, merely desensitizes and imposes unnecessary censorship on those who have the right - even the obligation - to speak as they see fit. If the concern is based on anticipation of future negative impact against the Democrats, let these victorious candidates decide for themselves how to represent the constituents that elected them as young firebrands. There is room enough in every party for those with and without potty mouths, and we get to vote pro or con as we see fit while they battle on as they deem appropriate.

  • skeptic1
    January 6, 2019 at 9:02 a.m.

    One sleaze defending another, and we thought Maxine Waters was despicable, this parry has become a cesspool.

  • ARMNAR
    January 6, 2019 at 9:18 a.m.

    Libertas proudly supports the pussy-grabber. That makes her nothing more than another GOP hypocrite.

  • Seitan
    January 6, 2019 at 9:22 a.m.

    Skeptic. If you are discussing cesspools, I assume you mean the party run by the Vulgarian-in-Chief, as outlined by 23cal?

  • PopMom
    January 6, 2019 at 9:29 a.m.

    23Cal,

    My thoughts exactly. We will be having some serious issues coming down the road after the Mueller report is issued. We can't just kick Trump out because we don't like his politics. Unless Mueller can show that Trump participated in a crime or committed treason, Trump cannot be impeached and convicted. The whole partisan extremist jibe in Washington is unproductive. At this point, the Dems should just give Trump $1 billion for his wall. Many federal workers are getting a holiday for which they will eventually be paid. Others such as medical staff at VAs etc. are working without pay. Disgraceful.

  • WGT
    January 6, 2019 at 9:55 a.m.

    PopMom- I agree with your technicalities of approach. This administration is ruthlessly indignant to ALL. So, the only way to push progressively forward is to fight fire with fire. Speaker Pelosi commented forthrightly; all of these women elected to office must be supported. Some mistakes may be made, knowing full well the absolute truth contained in the mistake.

  • OCT
    January 6, 2019 at 9:57 a.m.

    ...pfft...selective outrage from the cons...it's just locker room talk. That's justifiable, right?

  • RobertBolt
    January 6, 2019 at 10:15 a.m.

    Impeachment does not require a provable criminal act by the President. It is a political act that requires only the requisite number of votes in each chamber for whatever behavior they define as sufficient for removal.

  • PopMom
    January 6, 2019 at 10:16 a.m.

    WGT,

    The people, men and women, on the far left are hurting the cause--not helping. If a leftist becomes the Democratic nominee in 2020, the Republicans can win again. We need better schools and a cleaner environment. We do not need higher taxes and government redistribution of the wealth. The middle class and the professional classes will vote Republican if one of these extremists gets the nomination. People assume that Trump is going to be on the ticket in 2020. I suspect that it is going to be Romney, Haley, or Rubio. Even if Mueller can't come up with enough detail to oust Trump, Trump will be severely weakened. While Romney, Haley, or Rubio would be an improvement over Trump, they would not take strong action to improve education or the environment. Also, I fear that gay rights could be rolled back with another Republican president.

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