24 July 2020 00:30
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized GOP Representative Ted Yoho on Thursday for both verbally accosting her on the steps of the US Capitol and declining to take full responsibility for it. "I believe having a daughter does not make a man decent," Ocasio-Cortez said Thursday. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York sharply condemned GOP Representative Ted Yoho of Florida for verbally accosting her outside the steps of Capitol Hill and criticized what was, in her view, an insufficient attempt at a public apology. Speaking on the House floor on Thursday morning, Ocasio-Cortez began her speech by saying that Yoho had called her a "f—– b—-" after confronting and verbally assaulting her, an incident that was first reported by The Hill on Tuesday. A reporter from the Hill who overheard the exchange said Yoho confronted Ocasio-Cortez over remarks she had made connecting increases in crime to unemployment.
Ocasio-Cortez said she had encountered verbal abuse before as a bartender in New York City and that Yoho's language was "not new" nor was she "deeply hurt or offended" by his comments. In a floor speech on Wednesday, Yoho did not deny the confrontation with Ocasio-Cortez and said he now regrets "the strife he injected into the already contentious Congress" and apologized for the "abrupt manner" in which he addressed her. The offensive name-calling words attributed to me by the press were never spoken to my colleagues and if they were construed that way, I apologize for their misunderstanding," he said, adding that he "cannot apologize for my passion or for loving my God, my family, and my country." Ocasio-Cortez said that Yoho's behavior using vulgar language in front of the media is far bigger than her, but "gave permission to use that language against his wife, his daughters, women in his community." (CNN) Here are the facts--according to a reporter for The Hill who overheard the back-and-forth--about a confrontation between Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Florida) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-New York) on the Capitol steps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tore into Republican Ted Yoho on the House floor Thursday after he called her a 'f***ing b***h' on the steps of the Capitol Monday - saying he 'accosted' her and slamming his grinning non-apology the previous day. 'My parents did not raise me to accept abuse from men,' Ocasio-Cortez asserted during her remarks, where she repeated the vulgar phrase used by the Florida rep during the exchange.
Yoho said in prepared remarks after House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called on him to apologize for his conduct from the House floor. 'I rise to apologize for the abrupt manner of the conversation I had with my colleague from New York,' the Florida Republican continued after House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called on him Tuesday to apologize for his conduct from the House floor. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed Wednesday that Rep. Ted Yoho's remarks following a report that revealed he called her a 'f***ing b***h' are 'not an apology' - and she listed reasons she did not take it as such Representative Ted Yoho refused during a House floor speech Wednesday to apologize for his 'passion' when confronting Ocasio-Cortez, which he dismissed as a 'misunderstanding' Ocasio-Cortez condemned his non-apology, claiming 'Yoho is refusing responsibility' after confronting her on the Capitol stairs Monday Yoho also called AOC, as she was dubbed early on in her political career, 'disgusting' for recent comments where she said the spike in New York City crime in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic are due to increased levels of poverty and unemployment. Yoho's remarks and demands for an apology came after the 65-year-old retiring lawmakers called his Democratic colleague, 30-year-old Ocasio-Cortez, a 'f***ing b***h' during a heated exchange at the Capitol on Monday The progressive 30-year-old congresswoman said Yoho put his finger in her face as he called her 'disgusting' and 'out of your freaking mind' for linking a surge in crime in New York City on rising unemployment levels in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called on Yoho Tuesday to personally apologize to Ocasio-Cortez, and demanded he also make amends for his comments in a speech on the House floor House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called the behavior 'despicable' and demanded Tuesday that Yoho make a personal amends as well as a speech on the House floor apologizing to Ocasio-Cortez. Yoho's comments when confronting AOC were about remarks she made earlier this month during a virtual town hall where she defended the rise in crime in New York City as people 'stealing bread to feed their children during record unemployment.' In an address to the House today, New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke about a verbal altercation she had with Ted Yoho, a Republican representative for Florida.