Newly sworn-in Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) apologized Tuesday for the “distraction” her expletive comment about impeaching President Donald Trump caused but said she “will never apologize for being me and for being passionate and upset.”
“I understand that I am a member of Congress, and I don’t want anything that I do or say to distract us. And that’s the only thing that I apologize for – that it was a distraction,” Tlaib told reporters when asked about the comments. She also calling it a “teachable moment.”
However, Tlaib also said her constituents have supported her. “People like us never run for office and when we do, this is who we are,” she said. “We’re as angry and upset as everybody else and passionate.”
Tlaib told supporters at an event last week that “we’re gonna impeach the mother****er” in reference to Trump.
Her remark drew sharp criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike. Trump said that the comments were “disgraceful” and that Tlaib “dishonored herself and I think she dishonored her family.”