Joy Behar defends freshman Dem's impeachment remarks: 'I identify with her'

ABC's Joy Behar is defending a freshman Democratic lawmaker who attacked President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign: report DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees MORE by saying she would "impeach the motherf---er."

"I identify with her because I’m capable of saying something like that off the top of my head at a rally,” Behar said on "The View" about Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOn 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 GOP lawmaker pushes to derail Tlaib from leading delegation to West Bank MORE (D-Mich.).

The comments by Behar, a staunch critic of the president, came after a viral video of Tlaib making the provocative comments at a MoveOn.org event Thursday night, hours after she was sworn in to Congress.

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“People love you and you win,” Tlaib said in the video in which she does not name the president specifically. “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 going to go in there and impeach the motherf---er,” Tlaib added as the crowd erupted in cheers.

Other "View" hosts including two outspoken critics of the president, Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro, condemned the language used by Tlaib before Behar shared her perspective on Friday morning.

“You know I have the mouth of a trucker,” said co-host Meghan McCain. “I’m the last person to talk about anyone swearing. I’m also hired to give speeches. And when I give speeches I’m not swearing."

"[Tlaib] is [part of] an interesting new crop that is representative of the new generation of Democrats which is highly left, highly angry, and I would say obviously using rhetoric that is not in the vein of Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Day 27 of the shutdown | Cohen reportedly paid company to rig online polls, boost his own image | Atlantic publishes ‘Impeach Donald Trump’ cover story Ex-Michelle Obama aide says O'Rourke's road trip is a 'listening tour' in form of a travel blog Barack Obama wishes Michelle a happy birthday: 'You’re one of a kind' MORE," McCain added. 

Tlaib has faced criticism from Republican and some Democratic lawmakers. 

After the backlash, Tlaib doubled down on her remarks.

“Congresswoman Tlaib was elected to shake up Washington, not continue the status quo," Tlaib's office said in a statement. "Donald Trump is completely unfit to serve as president. The Congresswoman absolutely believes he needs to be impeached. She ran and won by making this very clear to the voters in her district. Donald Trump’s actions have harmed the 13th Congressional District and this country, and Congresswoman Tlaib will not stay quiet while this happens.”

Tlaib also tweeted out Friday, "I will always speak truth to power. #unapologeticallyMe.”