AOC Responds To Being Called A F**king B*tch: "My Parents Did Not Raise Me To Accept Abuse"

AOC Responds To Being Called A F**king B*tch: "My Parents Did Not Raise Me To Accept Abuse"

The congresswoman from New York's 14th district gave a fitting reply to Republican Congressman from Florida.

Source: Cspan.org

Trigger warning: This report contains details of misogyny and racism that readers may find disturbing

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York's 14th District recently was the victim of a spiteful attack from Republican Ted Yoho, who called her a "f***cking b*tch" on the steps of the Capitol on Monday. The 30-year-old didn't take to the abuse kindly and instead decided to rip into Yoho on the House floor on Thursday and said that he accosted her and gave a flippant non-apology, reports Daily Mail. The democrat gave a statement accusing the Republican of having no remorse and not apologizing after he denied that he even abused her and, instead, responded saying he "could not apologize for [his] passion."



In a bold and dignified speech, surrounded by other Democratic representatives, Ocasio-Cortez said that she was younger than Yoho's daughters but had been dehumanized by him. "My parents did not raise me to accept abuse from men", she said, while repeating the words used by the Florida representative. Yoho, 65, is set to retire from Congress this year and has three children—a son, 30, and two daughters, 32 and 33 years old. "Mr. Yoho mentioned that he has a wife and two daughters. I'm two years younger than Yoho's youngest daughter,' Ocasio-Cortez said during her floor remarks. 'I am someone's daughter too. My father, thankfully, is not alive to see how Mr. Yoho treated his daughter," she said after she seemed to get emotional. "My mother got to see Mr. Yoho's disrespect on the floor of the House toward me on television." She, however, regained her composure and added, "And I'm here because I have to show my parents that I'm their daughter", continuing that she wasn't raised to take abuse from people like him.



According to The Hill, Ocasio-Cortez and Yoho had a heated exchange on the floor, when he called her "disgusting" after she had suggested that the rising number of unemployment and poverty was causing a rise in the number of crimes in New York City. "You are out of your freaking mind," Yoho told her, to which she responded saying he was being rude. Ocasio-Cortez, who worked as a bartender prior to taking up politics, noted that every woman has had to deal with this sort of abuse from men, "I've tossed men out of bars that use language like Mr. Yoho." She then accused Yoho and said and he might as well have used similar comments to every "congresswoman and every woman in the country." The young congresswoman remarked, "All of us have had to deal with this in some form, some way, some shape, at some point in our lives."



Ocasio-Cortez, in usual remarkable fashion, used the incident to point out a cultural problem, "This is not new, and that is the problem." She said that she had been thinking about moving past the exchange but decided against it after she heard the Florida Congressman make excuses for his behavior on the House floor on Wednesday. "I could not allow victims of verbal abuse and worse to see that, to see that excuse, and to see our Congress accept it as legitimate and accept it as an apology,' Ocasio-Cortez said, 'And accept silence as a form of acceptance. I want to thank him for showing the world that you can be a powerful man, and accost women. You can have daughters, and accost women."



Ocasio-Cortez's powerful response came after Yoho's speech on Wednesday, where he appeared to grin about his actions. He'd said: "I stand before you this morning to address the strife I injected into the already contentious Congress. I rise to apologize for the abrupt manner of the conversation I had with my colleague from New York," after House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer urged him to apologize on Tuesday. "It is true we disagree on policies and visions for America, but that does not mean we should be disrespectful," he said, before calling the entire event a "misunderstanding."



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