Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ruffled feathers once again, but this time, she used dropped the F-bomb on the House Floor, a move that would have once merited an official censure, while the lower chamber was in session.
Ocasio-Cortez’ outburst was in response to Florida Republican Ted Yoho, who allegedly muttered the words “f**king bitch,” to the socialist Democrat outside of the New York Capitol.
Rep. Yoho reportedly attempted to issue an apology, however, Ocasio-Cortez would not accept it, and instead, made a profanity-laced tantrum.
Rep Yoho: “Having been married for 45 years with two daughters, I’m very cognizant of my language. Offensive name-calling words attributed to me by the press were never spoken to my colleague, and if they were construed that way, I apologize for their misunderstanding. I cannot apologize for my passion, for loving my God, my family and my country,”
Rep. AOC: “In front of reporters, Representative Yoho called me, and I quote, ‘a f**king bitch,’” AOC said on the House floor.
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AOC went on to imply that Yoho’s actions demonstrate to the world how powerful (white) men can be verbally aggressive towards women.
“You can have daughters and accost women without remorse,” she said.
“You can be married, and accost women.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Thursday accused a Republican colleague of perpetuating a “culture” of sexism on Capitol Hill, using an unusual speech on the House floor to denounce Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) following their tense encounter at the Capitol three days before.
“This issue is not about one incident. It is cultural,” she said. “It is a culture of … impunity, of accepting of violence and violent language against women, and an entire structure of power that supports that.”
“And that I could not let go,” she said.
“We are not on the House floor today because of just one callous incident,” said Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.). “Unfortunately, what brings us to this moment are the structural and cultural conditions and, yes, the very men that have normalized the marginalization of women — and specifically women of color — since this nation’s very inception.”
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House Democratic leaders took the rare step of allowing Ocasio-Cortez a full hour to make her case on the chamber floor. She used about 10 minutes of that window, before ceding the podium to a number of other Democrats, who urged Yoho to offer “a real apology,” in the words of Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.).
“It’s not expected that everyone in this chamber agrees with each other,” Chu said. “It is expected, however, that we treat each other with dignity and respect.”
One by one, Democrats male and female took to the floor to warn against both the acceptance of sexism at the highest levels of power, and an erosion of civility across Congress and the nation at large.