New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she was going to let the incident with Florida Congressman Ted Yoho go and then he made excuses after his apology.
“You can be a powerful man and accost women,” said the New York Democrat. “You can have daughters and accost women, without remorse. You can be married and accost women. You can take photos, and project an image to the world of being a family man, and accost women, without remorse, and with a sense of impunity. It happens every day in this country.”
Two days prior, on the steps of the Capitol, Ocasio-Cortez found herself in a heated conversation with Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.). He called her “disgusting,” he said she was “out of [her] freaking mind,” and when the discussion ended, Yoho allegedly uttered the words, “f—ing b—h.”
She was particularly bothered by the Republican using his wife and daughters as shields for his bad behavior.
Yoho allegedly used profanity and a derogatory term to refer to the Democrat on the steps in front of the Capitol.
Ocasio-Cortez said it’s language she’s heard plenty of times riding on New York subways.
Yoho on Tuesday apologized for the abrupt manner of his conversation.
He said he was disrespectful. He said he will never apologize for his passion.
“Having been married for 45 years with two daughters, I’m very cognizant of language,” Yoho had said, insisting that he’d been misheard and hadn’t used the pejorative phrase that a reporter from The Hill heard him say.
While Yoho apologized for the “misunderstanding,” he said, “I cannot apologize for my passion or for loving my God, my family and my country.”
Ocasio-Cortez was most bothered by the implication that Yoho could not or would not behave misogynistically because, after all, he had a wife and daughters.
“I am someone’s daughter, too,” she said. “Thankfully, my father is not alive to see how Mr. Yoho treated his daughter.
My mother got to see Mr. Yoho’s disrespect of me on the floor of this House, on television.
I am here because I have to show my parents that I am their daughter, and they did not raise me to accept abuse from men.”