After newly elected Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) referred to him as a “motherf***er” last week, President Donald Trump called her comment disrespectful and disgraceful — but Trump himself publicly used the same term as he railed against the Chinese during a campaign speech, according to HuffPost.
Trump presented the speech in spring 2011 shortly before he bowed out of the 2012 presidential election race. He ranted about Washington and China’s exports flooding America. What would he do about China?
“So easy. I’d drop a 25 percent tax on China,” Trump told a packed audience in a video of the speech posted on YouTube (above).
Trump quipped in a high-pitched voice that the message could come softly with someone saying: “We’re gonna tax you 25 percent.”
He added: “And I could say: ‘Listen, you motherfuckers, we’re gonna tax you 25 percent.’”
Trump’s remarks drew laughter and applause, HuffPost noted.
But Tlaib earned no such response from Republicans — or the president — when she said, “We’re gonna impeach the motherfucker.”
“I thought her comments were disgraceful,” the president told reporters outside the White House Friday. “I think she dishonored her family using language like that in front of her son and whoever else was there. I thought that was a great dishonor to her and to her family.”
Trump’s Vegas speech in 2011 was peppered with bleeps on the ABC News story covering his appearance. When a member of the audience was asked if someone who “drops that many F-bombs” could become the GOP presidential nominee, the man replied: “I think he needs to work on that a little bit.”