Pelosi on Tlaib's 'Motherf*cker' Comment: "I'm Not In The Censorship Business"


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says that while she would not use the language incoming freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) used about impeaching President Trump, she does not think it is any worse than what President Trump has said. Pelosi called the use of the language in a public setting a "generational" thing.

"I probably have a generational reaction to it," Pelosi said at a town hall event moderated by MSNBC's Joy Reid broadcasted Friday. "But in any event, I'm not in the censorship business. I don't like that language, I wouldn't use that language. I don’t … establish any language standards for my colleagues, but I don’t think it’s 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," she added.

Pelosi said while she believes Tlaib was using her "freedom of speech" when she made the profane remarks, she distanced herself from the freshman Congresswoman, calling her an "individual member" and not representative of the Democratic House caucus.

"That is not the position of the caucus," Pelosi said about impeaching Trump. "That's freedom of speech of an individual member. As I said, generationally, that is not language I would use. But, nonetheless, I don't think we should make a big deal of it. I really don't. I really don't. That's probably the way people talk around."

"I'm a grandmother and it's a different story," she said of Tlaib's profanity. "Words weigh a ton. And the president has to realize that his words weigh a ton, too. And some of the words that he used has a direct impact on people's lives. My colleague's comments do not have an impact on people's lives."

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