Report: A GOP Lawmaker Called AOC A “F****** B*****” For Disagreeing With Him
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was reportedly accosted by a Republican colleague while on her way to work, according to The Cut.
- Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) stopped Ocasio-Cortez as she was ascending the steps of the Capitol to attack her for comments she made earlier in the month connecting poverty and crime.
- Yoho told her that she was “out of your freaking mind” and “disgusting.” A reporter overheard Ocasio-Cortez tell the congressman that he was being “rude,” to which he responded by calling her a “fucking bitch” as they parted.
- Yoho was referring to the statements Ocasio-Cortez made during a virtual town hall, saying that unemployment and poverty were partly to blame for the recent spike in crime in New York City, and that more aggressive policing was not the solution. Fox News as well as other conservative outlets jumped on her remarks, stating that she was excusing violent crime.
- While Ocasio-Cortez is used to confrontation on the floor of the House, she has never experienced such a personal attack. She said:
“I’ve never had that kind of abrupt, disgusting kind of disrespect levied at me … In all these intense news cycles, I have never, ever been treated that way by another member before. I’m frankly quite taken aback.”
- In a tweet, she added:
“I never spoke to Rep. Yoho before he decided to accost me on the steps of the nation’s Capitol yesterday. Believe it or not, I usually get along fine w/ my GOP colleagues. We know how to check our legislative sparring at the committee door.”
The Cut noted that Yoho, who has served in Congress since 2013, is not seeking reelection.