‘What I can tell you is that I am a person that is authentically me…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., gave a half-hearted apology for causing “a distraction” when she made a profane vow to “impeach the motherf—er,” referring to President Donald Trump.
Tlaib made clear that she was only apologizing for the uproar her comments caused—not for the expletives she used to describe the president or her call for impeachment.
“What I can tell you is that I am a person that is authentically me,” Tlaib said, according to NBC News.
“I’m very passionate about fighting for all of us, and the use of that language, you know, was a teachable moment for me. 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 will apologize for, is that it was a distraction.”
The radical freshman representative was videotaped at a bar shortly after being sworn in, telling supporters: “People love you and you win. And when your son looks at you and says, ‘Momma, look you won. Bullies don’t win.’ And I said, ‘Baby, they don’t, because we’re gonna go in there and we’re gonna impeach the motherf***er,’” she said, according to Fox News.
Tlaib stood by her call for impeachment and said she still wants Democrats to do everything they can to remove the president from office.
“I ran on that,” she said. “It’s probably exactly how my grandmother, if she was alive, would say it,” she said of her profanity.
Tlaib added that she has “a right to be this passionate, this upset.”
“But, however, we have a course that we have to stick to, and nothing I should say should distract us from that,” Tlaib said. “The [partial government] shutdown has to be at the forefront.”