Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib are truth tellers and it makes Dems nervous

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If you hear a Democrat telling you that his party isn’t bloodthirsty for impeachment, he's straight up lying to you.

Finally, after all these years, there's an honest Democrat in Washington, D.C. Two of them, actually, who live up to Cicero's admonition: "If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it."

Freshmen Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York spoiled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's big week by simply telling the truth about their party's plans for President Donald Trump and taxes. Democratic leaders, desperate to hide what's inside, grimaced, but the truth of what drives Democrats emerged nonetheless. 

The truth has a funny way of doing that.

Let's start with Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year-old liberal phenom who unceremoniously dumped a member of her party’s old guard in a primary before winning in November. She told the truth about her plans for raising taxes: "You look at our tax rates back in the ’60s, and when you have a progressive tax-rate system … sometimes you see tax rates as high as 60 or 70 percent,” she told Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes Sunday night.

Tlaib's moment of honesty came as she rallied a crowd of supporters Thursday night, recounting a conversation she had with her 13-year-old son about her plans for public service.

“When your son looks at you and says, ‘Momma 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 gonna impeach the mother-----r,' ” Tlaib screeched into the microphone, as her enraptured fans lost their minds in applause and euphoria.

I was probably the lone Republican to support Tlaib's speech. Not because I think Democrats should impeach the president, but because I support honesty in politics. And when a brave soul like Tlaib rises to articulate precisely what motivates her base, I say amen! 

Consider the facts: Nearly 80 percent of Democrats told exit pollsters following the midterm elections that they wanted impeachment proceedings immediately, and more than 6.5 million Democrats have signed a petition to impeach Trump. If you hear a Democrat telling you that his party isn’t bloodthirsty for impeachment, that this is all some fictional distraction conjured by Republicans, he's straight up lying to you. ...
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