The news is out: [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., excoriated Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., on the House floor Thursday one day after he denied calling her a “f—ing b—-,” “crazy,” and “disgusting” earlier this week on the steps of the Capitol.
“I walked back out and there were reporters in the front of the capitol, and in front of reporters representative Yoho called me, and I quote, a f—ing b—- — f—ing b—-,” she said. “These are the words representative Yoho levied convenience against a congresswoman.”
“And I want to be clear that representative Yoho’s comments were not deeply hurtful or piercing to me,” she added. “Because I have worked a working-class job. I have waited tables and I have ridden the subway. I have walked the streets in New York City. And this kind of language is not new. I have encountered words uttered by Mr. Yoho and men uttering the same words as Mr. Yoho while I was being harassed in restaurants. I have tossed men out of bars that have used language like Mr. Yoho’s.”
She said she was rising to speak after Yoho’s Wednesday speech from the House floor, in which he said he apologized for the “abrupt manner” of his discussion with Ocasio-Cortez but that he did not say the “offensive name-calling words attributed” to him. He added, “if they were construed that way I apologize for their misunderstanding.”
“It is true that we disagree on policies and visions for America, but that does not mean we should be disrespectful. Having been married for 45 years with two daughters, I’m very cognizant of my language,” Yoho said, later adding he cannot apologize for my passion or for loving my God, my family and my country.”]
One can understand better if you know where Yoho is from and the people who voted him in office. The way he talks to and treats women is paramount in his neck of the woods. Yoho probably beat his wife and dog. Social distancing for them is dating their first cousins instead of their sisters.