Reacting to AOC’s house floor speech about her confrontation with Republican Rep. Ted Yoho while on MSNBC, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she “couldn’t have been prouder.”
“What was clear from what she said is that what happened that day was his problem and continues to be his problem,” Pelosi said Friday “She’s not taking any insult from him in terms of any diminishment of competence that she has as to who she is. We couldn’t have been prouder.”
In a House floor speech, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., details the offensive comments allegedly used by Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., during a Monday incident outside the Capitol.
“I took a few steps ahead and walked inside and cast my vote,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I walked back out, and there were reporters in front of the Capitol. And in front of reporters, Rep. Yoho called me, and I quote, a ‘f***ing bitch.’ These are the words Rep. Yoho levied against a congresswoman, the congresswoman who not only represents New York’s 14th Congressional District but every congresswoman and every woman in this country, because all of us have had to deal with this in some form, some way, some shape, at some point in our lives.”
Yoho has denied using those words. On Wednesday he apologized to the chamber for the “abrupt manner” in which he confronted Ocasio-Cortez on the steps of the Capitol.
“I want to be clear that Rep. Yoho’s comments were not deeply hurtful or piercing, because I have worked a working-class job,” said Ocasio-Cortez, who was a bartender before she won her U.S. House seat in 2018. “I have waited tables in restaurants. I have ridden the subway. I have walked the streets in New York City. And this kind of language is not new. I have encountered words uttered by Mr. Yoho and men uttering the same words as Mr. Yoho while I was being harassed in restaurants. I have tossed men out of bars that have used language like Mr. Yoho’s, and I have encountered this type of harassment riding the subway in New York City.”
“This is not new, and that is the problem,” she said. “This is a pattern of an attitude toward women and dehumanization of others.”