Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a ten-term congresswoman from Illinois, brought a can of "whoop ass" to a progressive rally designed to protest cuts to social programs under President Donald Trump's proposed federal budget.
The event, attended by progressive heavyweights and hosted by a progressive reverend, featured a dozen speakers of activists and Democratic lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.)
Schakowsky was introduced with a call for political action. "We have more power than Russian bots on Twitter and Facebook. We have the power of the vote!" the host said.
The Illinois congresswoman wasted no time in showcasing her prop.
"So I was just over with AFGE, our American Federation of Government Employees, and I brought with me my AFGE can of whoop ass!" Schakowsky shouted, shaking a can with the name AFGE on it, a fist over the words "WHOOP ASS," and the logo for the union in the corner.
"This is a can–can of whoop ass," Schakowsky continued to laughter and applause. "Because that's what we need to have."