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

Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTlaib slams 'anti-Muslim rhetoric' after Florida official says she might 'blow up' Capitol Hill New Dem Rep. Ilhan Omar writing memoir: report Ocasio-Cortez calls out CBS News for not assigning a 'single black journalist to cover the 2020 election' MORE (D-Mich.) said Tuesday she is sorry that her "impeach the motherf---er" comment about President TrumpDonald John TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ 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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' On The Money: Shutdown Day 25 | Dems reject White House invite for talks | Leaders nix recess with no deal | McConnell blocks second House Dem funding bill | IRS workers called back for tax-filing season | Senate bucks Trump on Russia sanctions Overnight Defense: Trump faces blowback over report he discussed leaving NATO | Pentagon extends mission on border | Senate advances measure bucking Trump on Russia sanctions 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.”