AOC says GOP congressman “accosted” her on Capitol steps, called her slur in rage

AOC has accused Rep. Yoho (R-FL) of accosting her on the steps of Capitol Hill.

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. But hey, “b*tches” get stuff done

Per Katie Bo Williams:

In an exchange reported by @RealMikeLillis, Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla) told @AOC she was “disgusting” for suggesting poverty/unemployment driving a spike in crime in NYC.

They parted. “Yoho offered a parting thought to no one in particular.” ‘Fucking b*tch.'”

Per Yahoo News, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she never had a conversation with Rep. Ted Yoho before Monday, when the Florida Republican reportedly accosted her on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

The freshman Democrat from New York said that Yoho, who was exiting the Capitol with Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, suddenly flew into a “rage.”

“I was walking up the Capitol steps to vote when Reps. Yoho and Williams came around the corner of the second flight,” Ocasio-Cortez recalled Tuesday, speaking to Yahoo News via Twitter direct messages. “When I pass other members on the steps, regardless of party, I usually nod or say hello if I’m able. Out of nowhere, Yoho comes up to me and puts his finger in my face and flies off in a rage. He started going off about shootings and bread and nonsense, calling me crazy, shameful, out of my mind, etc.

“At first I tried to talk to him, but that just made him yell over me more,” she continued. “Williams then started joining in, yelling things at me and said something about throwing urine — I don’t know what that was about. I said he was being rude and that this was unbelievable and started to walk away. He said, ‘I’M RUDE? You’re calling ME rude?!’ And I just kept walking to my vote.”

CBS News reports Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Tuesday about being aggressively confronted by Republican Representative Ted Yoho on the Capitol steps the day before.

“I never spoke to Rep. Yoho before he decided to accost me on the steps of the nation’s Capitol yesterday,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “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. But hey, ‘b*tches’ get stuff done.”

The representative from New York was referring to Yoho reportedly calling her a “f***ing b****” during the confrontation, which was first reported by The Hill. In the tweet about the Florida representative, Ocasio-Cortez included The Hill article about the incident.

The exchange between the two congresspeople was “brief but heated,” according to reporter Mike Lillis, who said a reporter overheard Yoho tell Ocasio-Cortez she was “disgusting” for suggesting that poverty and unemployment have caused an increase crime during the coronavirus pandemic in New York City.

Ocasio-Cortez also addressed Williams’ involvement in the incident in another tweet. “Gotta love Republican courage from Rep @RogerWilliamsTX: when he undeniably sees another man engaged in virulent harassment of a young woman, just pretend you never saw it in the most cartoonish manner possible and keep pushing. (He’s lying, by the way. He joined in w/ Yoho),” she wrote.

In a statement obtained by CBS News, Yoho’s office denied the Hill’s claims that he called Ocasio-Cortez an obscenity. Yoho’s office said he “had a brief member to member conversation on the steps of the Capitol and that “these conversations happen frequently when the House is in session.”

“He did not call Representative Ocasio-Cortez what has been reported in the Hill or any name for that matter. It sounds better for the Hill newspaper and gets more media attention to say he called her a name – which he did not do,” the statement reads. “It is unfortunate that Representative Ocasio-Cortez is using this exchange to gain personal attention.”

“Instead, he made a brief comment to himself as he walked away summarizing what he believes her polices to be: bullsh**,” the statement continues.

According to The Hill, Yoho told Ocasio-Cortez: “You are out of your freaking mind, and she responded by calling Yoho “rude.”

After walking away from each other, Yoho, who was with Representative Roger Williams, said Ocasio-Cortez was a “f***ing b****,” according to the Hill.