Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) isn’t backing down amid outrage over her use of the word “motherf**ker” to call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment.
At a meeting with constituents in Detroit on Tuesday, Tlaib said her only regret was that the comments might have been a distraction from other work to be done. For that, she apologized — but she’s standing by her sentiment.
Asked by a reporter if she had “any regrets” about the incident, Tlaib explained that she is “authentically me” and “very passionate.”
“The use of that language was a teachable moment for me,” she said. “And I understand 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 I apologize for, is that it was a distraction.”
But Tlaib stopped short of apologizing for the sentiment and passion behind the word choice. She stated that she has a right to be passionate about the issue, to the sound of applause from those in the room.
Watch the video below, via NBC News:
Rep. Tlaib on "impeach the motherf—er" comment: "I don’t want anything that I do or say distract us. And that’s the only thing I will apologize for, is that it was a distraction … I want you to know that I will never apologize for being me, and for being passionate and upset" pic.twitter.com/4Mp7nbvPZR
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 8, 2019
Tlaib expressed her desire to focus on the government shutdown, but when pushed for further clarification on her apology, she didn’t hold back.
“I want you to know that I will never apologize for being me and for being passionate and upset,” she said.