On Thursday, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to the Congress floor to address being attacked by a GOP leader from Florida. Republican Ted Yoho “accosted” the young Democrat from New York City on the steps of the Capitol Building on Monday, calling her a “f***ing b***h” and other derogatory terms in an effort to tear her down like any experienced bully does on the playground.
In her personal statement, Ocasio-Cortez spoke about how Yoho’s fake apology exhibited “no remorse” for attacking her on the steps of the public building. Although his secretary issued a statement “apologizing” for threatening the Ocasio-Cortez, he said he “could not apologize for my passion.”
When Ocasio-Cortez took the Congress floor, she was surrounded by other powerful women of the Democratic Caucus. In her impassioned speech, which some say will go down in history as a turning point in American politics, she talked about how Yoho “dehumanized” her despite her being younger than his youngest daughter.
“My parents did not raise me to accept abuse from men,” Ocasio-Cortez said in front of the national audience.
In front of her colleagues and the nation, she repeated the vulgar phrase that the Florida representative used during the attack on the steps of the Capitol Building.
Ocasio-Cortez, 30, is not satisfied with the weak apology from the 65-year-old Yoho. Because he thrust his fingers in her face, called her “crazy” and “dangerous,” she wants him to accept his mistake.
Yoho will retire from politics this year. His adult daughters are thirty-two and thirty-three.
Ocasio-Cortez said, “Mr. Yoho mentioned that he has a wife and two daughters. I’m two years younger than Yoho’s youngest daughter. I am someone’s daughter too. My father, thankfully, is not alive to see how Mr. Yoho treated his daughter,” she said, holding back tears. “My mother got to see Mr. Yoho’s disrespect on the floor of the House toward me on television. And I’m here because I have to show my parents that I’m their daughter.”
A reporter for The Hill overheard Yoho verbally abusing Ocasio-Cortez while she was heading into work. He called the young woman “disturbed” and “out of your freaking mind” because of her popularity among progressive Americans.
Ocasio-Cortez rose above her station when she went from being a waitress at a New York City restaurant to the youngest woman ever elected to the House of Representatives. Because of her experience in New York City, she’s not afraid of men like Yoho.
“I’ve tossed men out of bars that use language like Mr. Yoho,” she said.
She said Yoho insulted every “congresswoman and every woman in this country” when he harassed her on her way to work.
“All of us have had to deal with this in some form, some way, some shape, at some point in our lives,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “‘(Dehumanizing language toward women) is not new. And that is the problem.”
When Yoho was called to apologize for his abuse of the young woman, he grinned through his words.
The young progressive Democrat added: “I want to thank him for showing the world that you can be a powerful man, and accost women. You can have daughters and accost women.”
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