(Washington) One of the rising stars of the American Democratic Party, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sharply reframed Thursday, in a fiery speech in Congress, an elected Republican accused of having launched a sexist insult.
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House representative Ted Yoho had “apologized” the day before, also in the hemicycle, for the “abrupt” tone adopted during a brief exchange on Monday with his Democratic colleague.
But he again denied saying “fucking bitch”, as reported by a reporter from the political news site The Hill, who witnessed the scene. “Being married for 39 years and father of two daughters, I am very aware of my words,” he assured.
These denials earned her a volley of green wood from the woman concerned. “Having a daughter doesn't make a man suitable. Having a wife doesn't make a man suitable. Treating people with dignity and respect is what makes a suitable man, ”“ AOC ”told their colleagues.
The youngest of Congress, 30 years old, figure of the left wing of the Democratic Party, then underlined that she too “was someone's daughter.” “Fortunately my father is no longer around to see how Mr. Yoho treats his daughter,” she added with barely contained anger.
“I will not let Congress accept these excuses as legitimate,” she said again.
Monday, Mr. Yoho had approached his colleague on the steps of Congress to criticize her for remarks linking the increase in crime in New York to poverty increased by the pandemic.
He accused her of being “completely mad” and “sickening”. This one having continued on his way, he had insulted her with the English term “fucking bitch”, according to the journalist who witnessed the scene.
The elected Republican spoke to himself and just said “bullshit”, that is to say “bullshit”, then assured his spokesman.
These denials were unconvincing, and House Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Mr. Yoho should be sanctioned by his peers.