- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Rep. Rashida Tlaib apologized Tuesday for the “distraction” caused by her dropping the F-bomb at a recent rally while promising to impeach President Trump.

“We’re gonna go in and impeach the motherf–er,” Ms. Tlaib told a crowd celebrating her swearing-in Thursday. The newly elected Democrat later defended herself for speaking “truth to power” after she earned widespread criticism for the remark, including from fellow Democratic Reps. Nancy Pelosi, Elijah Cummings, and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who called her words “disgusting” and “deplorable.”

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Ms. Tlaib explained that she’s a “passionate” person who has used the controversy as a “teachable moment.”

“I’m very passionate about fighting for all of us, and the use of that language was a teachable moment for me,” she said, NBC News reported. “I understand I am a member of Congress and I do not want anything that I do or say to distract us. And that’s the only thing I apologize for — is that it was a distraction.”However, I have a right to be this passionate, this upset,” she continued. “I am a woman of color, and I know my residents are nodding because they believe me and they have my back on this, but people like us never run for office and when we do, this is who we are.”

Asked to clarify whether she was apologizing for her word choice or for causing a distraction, Ms. Tlaib responded, “I will never apologize for being me, and for being passionate and upset.”

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