[COMMENTARY] AOC Speaks About Run-In With Yoho On House Floor
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) took to the House floor today to speak to the incident that occurred Tuesday between her and Florida Congressman Ted Yoho. After a brief but intense discussion, they parted ways, after which Yoho spoke to the press and referred to Ocasio-Cortez as a “f–ing bitch”.
Once their encounter was made public, Yoho made a weak attempt to apologize. Upon seeing this, Ocasio-Cortez sought her own recognition on the House floor to shine a light on personal privilege and the misogynistic treatment she’s received from Republican men.
AOC spoke passionately about her parents and how they taught her the importance of standing up for yourself. “I am someone’s daughter,” AOC said. She compared herself to Yoho’s wife and daughters, saying that when he spoke about AOC in such derogatory language, he’s giving the world permission to speak about his wife and daughters in the same way.
“You can be a powerful man and accost women without remorse,” AOC said, “thanking” him for exposing that truth on the floor of the House. “You admit to hurting women by using this language against all of us.”
Ocasio-Cortez also related similar experiences while walking the streets of New York City, but said she didn’t expect to hear that same kind of language coming from her fellow Representatives, and she certainly didn’t expect it from Donald Trump.
AOC has been a target for the right ever since she announced her candidacy and became an almost overnight media darling. While her tenure hasn’t always been smooth, she’s never backed away from a confrontation or backed down when an issue matters.