Tlaib on 'motherf---er' comment: Only person disgracing the presidency is Trump

Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibNew progressive sheriffs in town ready to fight for Main Street On The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction GOP lawmaker accuses Dems of 'empowering' anti-Semitism MORE (D-Mich.) argued Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values 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."

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"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.”

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-CortezJuan Williams: AOC fever shows appetite for new politics Ocasio-Cortez raises money for transgender youth on video game live stream Ocasio-Cortez responds to Aaron Sorkin directing young Dems to ‘stop acting like young people’ 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.