Rashida Tlaib: Disrespectful or Honest?


Faith Ward, Writer

Last week, Rashida Tlaib made history by becoming the first Muslim Congresswoman, alongside Ilhan Omar, to be sworn in. She is a Democrat and a former Michigan House of Representatives member, and is a strong advocate for equality among genders, religions, and sexualities.

Last week, during her celebration for being sworn in, she made the comment, “Now, 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 going to go in there, and we’re going to impeach the MFer.’” This is referring to impeaching President Donald Trump, which is the plan for many Democrat politicians, and even some Republicans.

This enraged both Republicans and Democrats alike, saying that this was inappropriate and dishonorable. The main point of contention is that many think that, because Trump is president, people should use disrespectful language towards him, despite how they feel. Donald Trump spoke out about the situation, saying that Tlaib had embarrassed herself and her family. Since the incident, she has apologized for her language, but not about saying she wants him impeached.

Bob Jones students responded to the circumstance. Everyone that responded said that Tlaib, as a politician, has every right to voice her negative opinion on Trump. As an American, she can say anything she wants about him (or any other politician) as long as she is not threatening or infringing on his rights.

However, there were mixed responses to her calling him an MFer. 95% of respondents agreed that it is disrespectful to call anyone that in a derogatory manner, and considering that Trump is the president, many believed that it was even more disrespectful. Some believed calling the president that is wrong, but calling Donald Trump, on an individual level, such a thing is okay. A couple of students commented that it was more disrespectful to his title than to Donald Trump himself.

Many do not understand that the reason most people voted for and support Rashida Tlaib is the fact that she is honest and is not afraid to be open and controversial about her opinions. Tlaib is a part of a new wave of female politicians that are not traditional in their thinking or tactics. She is not a politician that is going to act exactly how people expect her to in order to be more likable. That is not who she is. There are countless politicians who are false and put on these masks. They tip-toe around the real issues so that they will not offend people or turn away their supporters. This creates a false and idealistic expectation for people in the way of politicians.

One argument of those defending Tlaib is that Trump has said some of the most disrespectful and oppressing comments possible about minorities, and has no room to argue. Trump victimizing himself when he has said things which are far more disrespectful just shows how immature he can be. Though he can be offended, he cannot really argue when he has said “grab her by the p*ssy” and claimed it is just “locker room talk”. People should not be attacking what Tlaib has said. The reason she was elected was that she has always been genuine and relatable, and that’s exactly what her comments expressed.