Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, seen here in March, spoke on the House floor Thursday to address vulgar and sexist comments she says were directed at her by a Republican colleague.
Friday, July 24, 2020
I Could Not Allow That To Stand': Ocasio-Cortez Rebukes Republican For Vulgar Insult
New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was verbally accosted this week on the steps of our nation's capitol by Congressman Ted Yoho, who represents the 3rd District of Florida (that includes Gainesville and Palm Coast). Check out his website and notice that there is no apology to her for him calling her a "fucking bitch."
These are his words, not mine or AOC's. A reporter heard him, too. Loudly and clearly.
Like she says, violence against women is common. That's no surprise. What is ill-conceived, as she later said on the House floor, is that any man would, knowingly or unknowingly, give permission to another person to act the same way toward their own wife or daughter.
By the looks of it, Yoho had nowhere to hide. Que bien. Good. May this be a helpful lesson to you, Congressman Yoho, about the kind of evil spirit you release when you give yourself permission to be rude and disparaging toward any human being, let alone your formidable congressional colleague.
Shame on you, Congressman Yoho. And shame on anyone who would treat another this way. We, as women, women of color, do not have to accept this.
I urge all to read this story and then listen to her devastating rebuke of Congressman Yoho. View below the pertinent videos on this horrible episode that she fully redeems with her words and acumen. I've viewed her Congressional presentations over the years. AOC is an honest, caring, hard-working person who is courageous, gorgeous, and with a razor sharp intellect that might be what makes her, in Yoho's words, "dangerous."
Thank you, AOC for standing up to this nobody. Yoho's response amounts to fascist gaslighting, where he's telling you and the world what to believe, as opposed to what actually happened, to which a member of the press itself could attest. I am reminded by Hannah Arendt's famous quote:
“the greatest evil perpetrated is the evil committed by nobodies, that is, by human beings who refuse to be persons.”
The dehumanization of "the other" that Yoho and Trump both enact is at the core of her brilliant rebuke and her refusal to be gaslighted.
AOC, you are a force of nature. God bless you. You are indeed, "dangerous." In all the ways that we and the planet need you to be. The world is in a such better place because you are in it. More power to you!
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., took to the House floor Thursday morning to admonish the insults hurled at her by Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., earlier this week.
Yoho confronted Ocasio-Cortez on the steps of the Capitol on Monday, Ocasio-Cortez said, calling her "disgusting" for linking poverty to crime rates in New York City.
"I was minding my own business walking up the steps, and Rep. Yoho put his finger in my face. He called me disgusting. He called me crazy. He called me out of my mind. And he called me dangerous," she said.
The congresswoman said she told Yoho his comments were rude and walked away to cast her vote. Then, , Yoho was overheard using a vulgar insult often aimed at women.
"There were reporters in the front of the Capitol, and in front of reporters Rep. Yoho called me, and I quote, a 'f*****g bitch,' " she said.
Ocasio-Cortez said Yoho was accompanied by Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, who did not interject on her behalf but instead joined in on insulting her. Williams has denied hearing or participating in the incident.
In her weekly press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called Yoho's comments a "manifestation of attitudes in our society" and noted that she has been called offensive names for the past 18 years.