Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday slammed Republican Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida from the House floor for denying he called her a “f—ing bitch” on the steps of the Capitol.
“In front of reporters, Representative Yoho called me, and I quote, a f—ing bitch,” the New York Democrat recounted for the congressional record.
The 30-year-old former bartender said Republicans are broadly complicit for not condemning Yoho and said it revealed a “cultural” problem of accepting verbal abuse of women.
“I have tossed men out of bars that have used language like Mr. Yoho. And I have encountered this type of harassment riding the subway in New York City. This is not new. And that is the problem,” said the congresswoman, better know by her initials AOC.
Yoho on Monday confronted Ocasio-Cortez outside the Capitol, telling the New York Democratic Socialist that she was “disgusting” for her recent remarks tying poverty and unemployment to the recent spike in crime in New York City, according to The Hill.
On Wednesday, Yoho denied using “offensive name-calling words” but said he apologized for “the abrupt manner of the conversation I had.”
Ocasio-Cortez, who represents parts of the Bronx and Queens, said she was incensed by the denial.
“I was just gonna pack it up and go home. It’s just another day… [But] yesterday, Rep. Yoho decided to come to the floor of the House of Representatives and make excuses for his behavior. And that I could not let go. I could not allow victims of verbal abuse, and worse, to see that, to see that excuse. And to see our Congress accept it as legitimate,” AOC said.
The progressive darling said she hasn’t received any supportive outreach from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) or from the Republican who was with Yoho at the time of the disputed verbal attack.
“Mr. Yoho was not alone. He was walking shoulder to shoulder with Representative Roger Williams [of Texas],” AOC said.
Fellow House Democrats joined AOC for an hour of condemning Yoho.
“I am two years younger than Mr. Yoho’s youngest daughter. I am someone’s daughter, too. My father, thankfully, is not alive to see how Mr. Yoho treated his daughter,” AOC said.