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Rashida Tlaib Gets the Motherfucking Seal of Approval

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | January 7, 2019 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | January 7, 2019 |


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The pundits have been sending mixed messages about how the Democrats should approach the Trump presidency for a very long time. Often, they’re like, if you’re going to beat Trump, the only way to do it is to beat him at his own game. But, Trump’s game is to use corrupt means to gain power and install corrupt people to maintain that power while using those same corrupt people to silence those trying to take power away from the corrupt. The other “game” is to speak in a way that connects with your voters, but whenever the Democrats try and dabble in that “game,” the pundits change their minds, and they’re like, “We have to be above that.”

And truly, I don’t know what the answer is, but I do know that when someone like Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez directly challenges (or trolls) Republicans, or when a Congresswoman like Rashida Tlaib calls President Trump a “motherfucker,” I feel a lot more enthusiasm for them, while also recognizing that Trump’s base similarly feels more enthusiasm for him when he says “lock her up” or insults any number of his opponents using coarse language or vulgarities. Like, of course, it’s hypocritical to call Democrats out for doing the same thing, but do we want to be doing the same things?

Yeah. I mean, I think so. In calling Trump a motherfucker, Rashida Tlaib was not saying anything that most of us aren’t thinking, and maybe by using the kind of language used on a site like Pajiba, the Democrats can connect with their voters in the same way that Trump connects with his, and that’s fine, because we use those words as cudgels against bigotry and an unfair economic system and not to oppress. And with all due respect, do any of us want a guy like John Kerry representing us? I want someone willing to call a motherfucker a motherfucker. Someone like Canada’s first female prime minister:

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But if there was ever a motherfucking blessing, it’s this, from the Pope of Motherfuckers, Samuel L. Jackson.

Can I get a motherfucking amen?



Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.


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