Democrats getting down in the dirt with Trump
On the first day of the new year, Nancy Pelosi made a number of promises to the nation as she once again assumed the gavel of speaker of the House.
"We believe that we will not become them," the Democrat from California said in a phone interview, referring to Republicans. "It's really important for us not to become them and certainly not to become like the president of the United States in terms of how he speaks without any basis of fact, evidence, data or truth. We will respect each other's opinions, and respect the truth."
Well, it's been only eight short days since Pelosi made that promise on behalf of her party and her chamber, and already it's proving a tough one to keep.
In fact if anything, Democrats are behaving more like Trump, not less.
Using the same coarse language he's been rightly chastised for, making bombastic threats as he's wont to do and dismissing the integrity of basic facts isn't a good look on anyone. But it's definitely a bad look on the very people who've been most critical of the president's bad behavior.
First, of course, there was newly elected Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib's profane outburst at a bar, in which she told the crowd to raucous applause, "We're going to impeach the mother------."
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In addition to being unbefitting an elected official from any party, it's the same kind of cheap and lazy invective to which Trump often stoops. We scold him for failing to make policy arguments, or to disagree with his opponents on substance instead of name-calling. In this regard, Tlaib is no better than he is.
Newly elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attempted in her inimitable way to defend Tlaib, calling it "Republican hypocrisy at its finest" to take issue with her words. Of course, the hypocrisy is pointing the finger at Trump for coarsening our discourse while doing something similar and defending it simply because "he does it too."
Democrats have been ratcheting up the profanity since Trump took office. A 2017 article in Politico examined "Why Democrats Are Dropping More F-Bombs Than Ever." From New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to DNC Chairman Tom Perez to former Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous to Rep. Ted Lieu of California, the curse words have flown liberally whilst we condemn the president for being a crass name-caller.
Some have also taken up his penchant for disturbing Twitter threats. Ocasio-Cortez threatened Donald Trump Jr. last year with a subpoena, even before she was sworn in.