Tlaib says she's sorry her 'motherf---er' comment was a 'distraction'

Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTrump labels Tlaib 'a despicable human being' Tlaib says Democrats have discussed detaining White House officials who don't testify The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment MORE (D-Mich.) said Tuesday she is sorry that her "impeach the motherf---er" comment about President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE last week was a "distraction," but added that she will not apologize for the sentiment behind the remark.

"I am a person that is authentically me," Tlaib said at a Michigan Veterans Foundation event. "I’m very passionate about fighting for all of us, and the use of that language was a teachable moment for me."

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"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 added.

Tlaib's initial remarks gained widespread attention last week, sparking criticism from Republicans and even some Democrats.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden on impeachment: 'I'm the only reason' it's happening Democrats to offer resolution demanding Trump reverse Syria decision Rand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter MORE (D-Calif.), when asked about Tlaib's remarks last week, said she has a "generational reaction to it" but that she is "not in the censorship business." GOP leaders have called for Tlaib to apologize.

"I have a right to be this passionate, this upset," Tlaib said on Tuesday, according to The Detroit News. "I am a woman of color … people like us never run for office and when we do, this is who we are."

"We’re as angry and upset as everybody else and passionate," she added. "However, we have a course that we have to stick to and nothing I should say should distract us from that."

Tlaib invoked the partial government shutdown, which has affected around 800,000 federal workers nationwide as it approaches the three-week mark.

"The shutdown has to be at the forefront, and that’s what I’m here for," she said.

When a reporter asked whether she would apologize for calling Trump a "motherf---er," she responded by saying, "I want you to know that I will never apologize for being me and for being passionate and upset."

Tlaib's office in a statement last week said she was "elected to shake up Washington, not continue the status quo."

"I will always speak truth to power," Tlaib wrote on Twitter on Friday. "#unapologeticallyMe.”