- AOC spoke Thursday about Rep. Ted Yoho’s unsavory language, and it’s still reverberating across the news cycle.
- Her refusal to accept his apology, and her speech about sexism, was hailed a “comeback for the ages.”
- Last year when “Squad” member Rep. Tlaib cursed at Donald Trump, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called the backlash “faux-outrage.”
Americans are anxious and uncomfortable right now. It’s boiling over into more heated discussions on social media, and violent confrontations in the streets. Plus, it’s an election year, when tensions always simmer. Even the hallowed halls of Congress aren’t immune from the breakdown in decorum.
The public was stunned to learn last week that Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL) called Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) a profane slur.
(It rhymes with “trucking hitch.”) Yoho apologized to AOC on the House floor Wednesday for the harsh confrontation:
I rise today to apologize for the abrupt manner of the conversation I had with my colleague from New York. It is true that we disagree on policies and visions for America, but that does not mean we should be disrespectful.
He dubiously claimed the foul utterance, overheard by a reporter for The Hill, wasn’t directed at her. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rejected his apology in a House speech Thursday, for “refusing responsibility.” She also took a moment to blast a culture she says is misogynistic:
I have encountered this type of harassment riding the subway in New York City. This is not new. And that is the problem.
AOC Defended Her “Sis” Rep. Tlaib, Who Cursed at Trump
On “Good Morning America,” George Stephanopoulos called AOC’s speech “a remarkable showdown in the halls of Congress.” Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe hailed it on Twitter as “a comeback for the ages from AOC.”
Ocasio-Cortez was singing quite a different tune last year when a close member of her caucus used obscene language to describe President Donald…