Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibClimate advocates turn sights on Wall Street House progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting Ilhan Omar to Biden: 'Deliver on your promise to cancel student debt' MORE (D-Mich.) argued Tuesday that President TrumpDonald TrumpSix big off-year elections you might be missing Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Banks for misgendering trans health official Meghan McCain to Trump: 'Thanks for the publicity' MORE is "the only person disgracing" the presidency while dismissing criticism from the president about her profane impeachment comments.
“The only person disgracing the office of the president is the president of the United States currently and that’s Donald Trump," Tlaib said during an appearance Tuesday evening on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront."
"He has to be putting the American people first," she added. "He has to understand that the culture and this kind of dissent that he has for me is something that is felt across the country. I am not the only one that is this angry and this upset.”
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib addresses her expletive-laden call for President Donald Trump's impeachment, noting that "I am not the only one that is this angry and this upset."https://t.co/WS9DkZJnNl pic.twitter.com/C8IvzTguyt
The freshman lawmaker was responding to comments Trump made in the Rose Garden on Friday, when he said it was "disgraceful" that Tlaib called for House Democrats to "go in there and impeach the motherf---er."
“I thought her comments were disgraceful,” Trump said at the time, adding that he felt Tlaib "dishonored" herself and her family.
Tlaib's comments provoked a wave of backlash from lawmakers, including from some Democrats, who said the remark was inappropriate.
Other Democrats, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezRepublican spin on Biden is off the mark House progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting Schumer endorses democratic socialist India Walton in Buffalo mayor's race MORE (N.Y.), have come to Tlaib's defense and have pointed out that Trump himself has used disparaging remarks in the past.
Tlaib argued Tuesday that women including herself "have every right to be angry and upset and mad and to curse."
She acknowledged, however, that her impeachment remark had "become a distraction," reiterating comments she made earlier Tuesday.
Tlaib sought Tuesday to instead put the focus on the partial government shutdown, which is now in its 18th day, and urged Congress to reopen the government.
“If you really do care about the American people, let’s get our government back up and running. Our focus is so much on this, versus the fact that right now I have residents that have nowhere to turn to," she said.