Outrage erupted yesterday after a Hill reporter overheard Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) accosting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on the steps of the Capitol and then calling her a “f*cking b*tch” as she walked away.
Demands for an apology were immediately issued from House leadership and from Democrats in general, appalled at the use of sexist slurs against a sitting member of Congress for the sin of linking systemic poverty as a motivator for crime.
Yoho took to the House floor today to offer up the lamest of “apologies” in which he refused to apologize for his “passion” and claimed he somehow had the right to behave this way towards her because, at one point, he was on food stamps.
Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to expertly dissect his non-apology and resoundingly rejected it.
He didn’t even say my name.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 22, 2020
His “apology” was nothing of the sort. It was just a performative stunt so that the media could run headlines saying “Ted Yoho apologizes” and we can all move on without having to bring up that Ted Yoho voted against an anti-lynching bill.
It just goes to show how deeply sexism runs in the GOP. His behavior towards his younger colleague was outrageous and offensive, and he deserves to be publicly censured for both his original actions and the pathetic way he attempted to dodge responsibility for them.
If you’d like to tell Ted Yoho how you feel about his comments, his office can be reached at 202-225-5744.