This week Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was accosted on the steps of Capitol Hill by Representative Ted Yoho. After telling her she is "out of her mind" for suggesting that poverty is the main reason for the rise of crime in New York, Yoho called Representative Ocasio-Cortez a "fucking bitch". The exchange was heard by a member of the press.
Yoho initially refused to comment on his attack but took the incident to the congress floor the next day, making excuses for his abhorrent behaviour. He inexplicably referred to his love of God, his wife and his two children in a non-apology that was nothing but a vague collection of soundbites. Following this production, Ocasio-Cortez took the stand the day after, she didn't want her silence on the subject to be taken as acceptance of his non-apology nor his behaviour. Watch Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's full speech below.
As Ocasio-Cortez explained in her speech, this seemingly small instance is nothing new, "this issue is not about one incident it's cultural. It's a culture of lack of impunity of violence against women and an entire structure of power that supports that".
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