- The Washington Times
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Rep. Rashida Tlaib said she walked out of President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night because she was triggered by the mere mention of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

During his address, Mr. Trump briefly touted his two Supreme Court picks, including Justice Kavanaugh, who prior to his confirmation was accused by Palo Alto University professor Christine Blasey Ford of sexually assaulting her nearly 40 years ago.

“With every action, my administration is restoring the rule of law and re-asserting the culture of American freedom,” the president said. “Working with Senate Majority Leader McConnell and his colleagues in the Senate, we have confirmed a record number of 187 new Federal judges to uphold our Constitution as written. This includes two brilliant new Supreme Court justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.”

Ms. Tlaib said she walked out at that moment.

“I think, you know, even the mention of Brett Kavanaugh for me is a trigger,” the Michigan Democrat told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “Just as a woman in America, the fact that he, you know, rightfully was accused and having an incredibly strong woman come before the public and the world and tell her story of sexual assault by this person that was appointed to the Supreme Court is just — I couldn’t stand still and not do anything about it, and I needed to walk away from that.”

Later in the interview, Ms. Tlaib said impeaching the president isn’t enough and that he needs to be removed from office.

“He’s the president of the United States, a forever impeached president,” she said. “What we need to do is remove him from office. He cannot continue to lie to the American people. He cannot continue to not only what I saw in lie after lie, but also to mislead the public and use immigrants and use people of various different faiths to try to increase fear and just use fearmongering kind of politics. Look, we’re tired of the hate rhetoric. We’re tired of the divisiveness in our country.”

Several other Democrats walked out of the president’s address, including Reps. Ilhan Omar, Bill Pascrell Jr., Tim Ryan and Jackie Speier.

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