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In this Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 photo, then Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, is shown on the house floor before being sworn into the 116th Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. . (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump Says Michigan Rep. Tlaib 'Dishonored Herself' With Profanity

January 04, 2019 - 5:18 pm

WASHINGTON (WWJ/AP) - President Donald Trump says newly-elected Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan "dishonored herself" when she used profanity to describe him.

Trump said Friday that he thought Tlaib's comments were "disgraceful."

"This is a person that I don't know; I assume she's new," the POTUS told reporters in the Rose Garden. 

Trump, who routinely slings verbal attacks at his critics, said: "Using language like that, in front of her son and whoever else was there, I thought that was a great dishonor to her and to her family," adding, "I thought it was highly disrespectful to the United States of America."

The Michigan Democrat exclaimed at an event,  hosted by the liberal activist group MoveOn, late Thursday: "We're gonna impeach the motherf---er," according to video and comments on Twitter.

Tlaib didn't back down Friday, tweeting: "I will always speak truth to power." She added the hashtag, "#unapologeticallyMe."

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, said that while she doesn't like the swearing, it's no worse than what Trump himself has said.

Pelosi added at an MSNBC town hall Friday that she doesn't agree that the House should move to impeach Trump without more facts. She said, as she has many times before, that impeachment is "divisive" and she wants the new Democratic majority to be unified.

"That is not the position of the House Democratic caucus," Pelosi added, of Tlaib's comments. "I don't think we should make a big deal of it."

Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., served up a reminder to the new members that seniority rules in Congress.

"She's a freshman. It's her first day here," Connelly said of Tlaib. "She went in front of an enthusiastic crowd of her supporters and it was red meat for them. She yielded to that temptation."

"I'm sure upon reflection," Connolly suggested, "she might choose other words to describe her feelings."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.