“My father, thankfully, is not alive to see how Mr. Yoho treated his daughter.”
Two days since Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) called Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) a f***ing b***h in public, the freshmen congresswoman took to the House Floor to address his non-apology. The Bronx native told the senior congressman that his reference to being a husband and having daughters did not excuse his disrespectful behavior.
“I am someone’s daughter too,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez emotionally said. “My father, thankfully, is not alive to see how Mr. Yoho treated his daughter. My mother got to see Mr. Yoho’s disrespect on the floor of this House towards me on television and I am here because I have to show my parents that I am their daughter and that they did not raise me to accept abuse from men.”
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s speech came in response to Rep. Yoho’s remarks in which he acknowledged a “conversation” but refrained from confirming his offensive words toward his colleague.
“Having been married for 45 years with two daughters I am very cognizant of my language,” Rep. 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.“ He concluded by saying, “I cannot apologize for my passion or for loving my God, my family, or my country.”
Several of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s Democrat colleagues also spoke today in her defense and demanded that Rep. Yoho accept responsibility for his words.
Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) said she condemns the sexist remarks made against Rep. Ocasio-Cortez. “They are an offense to all women,” she said, and urged Rep. Yoho to “truly apologize.”
Rep. Yoho has yet to comment on today’s remarks.