A comment made by Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell on Wednesday during an interview with a news outlet on Capitol Hill made it clear that she is not just a member of the Senate but a member that would not hesitate to take any action to stop the Trump administration.
The comments came during an exchange with reporter Chris Hayes, who asked Cantwell how she would respond to a tweet that called on the president to resign over his handling of the Charlottesville, Virginia, protests.
“You’re not going to say anything?
You’re not gonna say anything?”
“I’m not a member,” Cantwell responded.
“Why would you want to do that?”
“You’re a member.
Why would you say that?””
I am a member who’s going to take every step to stop that,” Cantill said.
“If the president is going to try and take me down and try and use my office to undermine me and to get me fired, I’m going to be there and I’m not going away.
I’m gonna fight.”
After the interview aired, the hashtag #ImWithHer quickly began trending on Twitter, and some social media users took note of Cantwell’s statement, calling it “fantastic.”
“Senator Cantwell said on @MSNBC that she would be the first to take action to oust Trump if he were impeached,” tweeted Sarah Binder, the White House press secretary.
“That’s pretty darn awesome.”
“This is what democracy looks like: the president being removed, a Senate majority that votes against him, and then the people voting in their interest,” tweeted journalist Daniel Drezner, who previously worked for MSNBC.
Cantwell, a Democrat who is retiring at the end of the year, is also a member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and chairs the Judiciary Committee.
She is the only Democratic senator to have held office since the 1960s.
She was elected in November, 2015, and has served since then.
She has said that she believes the president’s tweets should be removed from Twitter but that she will continue to work to prevent a President Trump from taking over the nation.
“We need to hold people accountable,” she said during an appearance on “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Wednesday.
“We need people to stand up to bullies, we need people who are trying to hurt people.
So I’m a strong supporter of the First Amendment and I will always stand up for the First Amigos who are working to protect the country.”
Cantwin was asked by Hayes about comments by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who said Wednesday that she and Cantwell should be the ones to speak out against Trump and his administration.
“If you have a strong sense of integrity, if you’re not just trying to play the victim, then that’s your responsibility, and if you do that, then you’re going to lose credibility and you’re gonna be in a situation where you’re looking for people to help you,” Cantwin said.
Hayes followed up with a question about Cantwell, who also spoke on “Fox News Sunday” on Tuesday, and said that Warren should be on the same page with Cantwell.
“But if she’s willing to sit on the sidelines and be a spokesperson for a President that is actively undermining our country, that’s her prerogative,” Hayes said.