AOC rips Rep. Yoho on House floor: ‘I have tossed men out of bars that have used language like Mr. Yoho’s’
In a speech on the House floor Thursday morning, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez denounced Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., prolonging a heated public spat that began on Monday with a confrontation on the Capitol steps.
Ocasio-Cortez, the high-profile New York Democrat, elevated the argument from the merely personal to a question of institutional and societal sexism, saying the slur allegedly used by Yoho represented “a pattern of an attitude toward women and dehumanization of others.”
The freshman Democrat, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, began her speech by describing their encounter, which she recounted in an exclusive interview with Yahoo News Tuesday.
Ocasio-Cortez said she was walking up the steps of the Capitol when Yoho, who was walking with Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, “suddenly turned a corner” and “accosted me.”
Neither has specified what the disagreement was about, but from remarks Yoho made later, it appears he took exception to comments by the New Yorker at a virtual town hall in which she said “economic desperation” is partly to blame for the recent increase in crime in New York City. Her comments were featured prominently on Fox News and other conservative outlets, which treated them as simplistic and ill-informed.
“Rep. Yoho put his finger in my face,” she recalled. “He called me disgusting. He called me crazy. He called me out of my mind. And he called me dangerous. And then he took a few more steps, and after I had recognized his comments as rude, he walked away and said, ‘I’m rude? You’re calling me rude?’”