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Rashida Tlaib Defends ‘Impeach MF’ Merchandise Amid Wave of Criticism

© Paul SancyaU.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens to a constituent in Wixom, Mich., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019.
U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens to a constituent in Wixom, Mich., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. - Sputnik International
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The 'Squad' congresswoman presented T-shirts with an abbreviated curse that went viral amid the current impeachment proceedings against US President Donald Trump. This week, House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry over claims that Trump urged the Ukrainian president to investigate former US Vice President Joe Biden's son.

Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib’s campaign fund merchandise, using the phrase “Impeach MF” amid the impeachment procedure against Trump has prompted a Twitter storm. Some accuse the so-called progressive congresswomen, who previously and very publicly dropped the F-bomb - "We're going to go in and impeach the motherf***er" hours into her tenure in January - of cashing in on a political struggle to benefit her campaign.

​Some suggested that her enterprise was unacceptable.

​Others seemed more eager about the idea.

​Following a wave of criticism, she returned to Twitter to defend the T-shirts and refute allegations that she does not take the upcoming impeachment proceedings seriously.

​House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry against the US president earlier this week after a complaint from a whistleblower who claimed that in the course of a telephone call Trump had urged his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, to investigate the business dealings of Hunter Biden, former Vice President Joe Biden's son, with a Ukrainian gas company.

According to the complaint, Trump pressured Zelensky to open the investigation as a means of lowering the Democratic candidate's chances and to secure his own 2020 re-election bid.

While Democratic legislators claim that the president committed 'high crimes and misdemeanors', Republicans deny the allegations, stressing that Trump has not yet violated any law, and adding that the case is an operation ahead of the 2020 election. Trump has moved to spin the impeachment proceedings as an attempt to destroy the Republican party.

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