Wednesday night on MSNBC's "Hardball," Rep. Rashida Tlaib told host Chris Matthews that "it is definitely time" to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump and "the evidence is overwhelming."
"I tell the president, bring it, because 10 million people signed a petition to impeach this president. They want us to hold him accountable. And I bet you I can get 10 million more people," she said.
"No one should be above the law. No one should sit there and become a king-like president," she said. "It endangers our well-being, our future. What a precedent do we set when we don't do anything?"
CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC: What did you make of Mueller today, Congresswoman?
REP RASHIDA TLAIB: Well, I think, from the beginning, the Mueller report is an impeachment referral to the United States Congress.
It's very clear that he is asking the United States Congress to take up the responsibility to now hold an impeachment inquiry into these offenses. I think it's very clear that, for many American people that I have spoken to, they don't want a lawless king-like president to continue to not be held accountable to the United States Constitution and so many things that are so interconnected to the work that we're trying to do on their behalf.
MATTHEWS: The downside -- well, first of all, let me ask you about Speaker Pelosi, who's speaking -- she was speaking at the Commonwealth Club out in San Francisco, her hometown.
And she said only about 38 Democrats in the House, her caucus, are for acting on impeachment, and 200 are not. How do you see the numbers?
TLAIB: Well, for me, I have always looked at the numbers of the turnout that we saw in the last election that gave us one of the largest, most diverse class to the United States Congress.
If you see us taking on the majority, it's because more people like myself and others that really want to hold this president accountable came out to vote. To me, it was a referendum.
If you look at the numbers across this nation, it was very clear that many people came out because they wanted to elect the jury that would impeach this president, but also to always uphold the United States Constitution. It was very clear, because people like me, regular folks, that are not your polished politicians, that don't look at polling, that don't look at these political strategies from this other lens, but they're looking at what is the best interest of the American people?
We're regular folks that are now leading this fight to say that we have to hold them accountable. And, you know, Chris, it's very important for people to know we cannot separate the fact that we're out there fighting to lower prescription drugs, that we're fighting to deal with the crisis at the border.
TLAIB: And we can't sit there and separate that from the fact that the president, the most important position in this country, is not upholding the United States Constitution, thus, thus impacting and directly impacting, endangering this institution and the American people.
It is our job and our duty and responsibility. Just like the Watergate class, when they came in, they didn't run away from their responsibility and their duty. They may not have run or campaigned on impeaching the president, but, at the end, they did what was right for the country. And they put the country's -- the people first, before they chose any kind of political stance, when it comes to all of the different pundits that are out there saying it's not time.
TLAIB: It is definitely time. The evidence is overwhelming.
But, also, the American people are hurting every single day that we don't act.
MATTHEWS: Well, I hear your passion, and I feel it. And I share it.
I just want to say one thing. Pelosi is sitting there. She's a pol. And she's a good one. And she's saying, wait a minute, there's a lot of excitement. There's always a lot of excitement when you start a war.
But once you get into a war -- and it will be a war with Trump -- he will declare the fact that you and your caucus are trying to upset the American people's decision of 2016, that you in the deep state, he will call it, and the FBI and the media are all out to turn against the American people. And this will be a coup. It will be an attempt to destroy our democracy.
And he will do this every single hour that the impeachment exercise is at work. Can your leadership withstand that attack? Can you, as a Democratic Party, withstand that kind of attack?
TLAIB: Oh, yes.
Look, Chris, I tell the president, bring it, because 10 million people signed a petition to impeach this president. They want us to hold him accountable.
And I bet you I can get 10 million more people. From organizations across this country that have been talking to people at home, they are very clear. No one should be above the law. No one should sit there and become a king-like president.
It endangers our well-being, our future. What a precedent do we set when we don't do anything? Inaction is basically action and saying that what he's doing, in acting above the law, in not upholding on to his oath to hold -- as the president of the United States, I say to people, please, understand that this is not about this president, who's a me-me-me president.
This is about people, about government, which is supposed to be about people, and about upholding the most brilliant, awesome document that we have in this country, which is the United States Constitution.
That is my responsibility. And I know many of my colleagues agree. We cannot run this country based on political strategy and -- and it has to be so centered around what's doing right for our country. And that's what many of us and many of the millions of people that support this effort and saying, enough is enough.
This is so much impacting us trying to do our job around prescription drugs, around health care, my God, the education crisis that we have in our country.
We can't do our job when the man that is in charge in the Oval Office is endangering our -- our country and our democracy.