Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pans Florida lawmaker over sexist remark
New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of the Democratic Party, in an impassioned speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, said that she neither expects nor wants an apology from Florida representative Ted Yoho, who called her a ‘f***ing b***h.’
Yoho, as per an AP report, confronted Ocasio-Cortez in a White House staircase on Monday, telling her that she was “disgusting” for linking a rise in crime to the unemployment caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
The Republican lawmaker, however, later denied use of the profanity and apologised for ending the interaction with Ocasio-Cortez abruptly.
“Having been married for 45 years with two daughters, I’m very cognizant of my language,” Yoho said. “The offensive name-calling words attributed to me by the press were never spoken to my colleagues and if they were construed that way, I apologize for their misunderstanding.”
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, popularly known by her initials ‘AOC’, further said that Yoho talking about him having a wife and daughters and his references to them doesn’t make him a decent man.
She explained how his actions and attitude underscored the real problem of sexism in society. She further said that a decent man apologises “not to save face, not to win a vote”.
“He apologises, and genuinely, to repair and acknowledge the harm done, so that we can all move on,” she added.
Other Democrats recalled their own experiences, taunted House Republicans’ overwhelmingly white male membership and warned that the numbers of women lawmakers will only grow. Eighty-eight House Democrats and 13 Republicans are women.
Washington representative Pramila Jayapal said, “We’re not going away; there is going to be more power in the hands of women across this country.”