Several members of Congress say they haven’t seen anything like this on Capitol Hill before. A member of the House of Representatives is accused of using language unbecoming of a Congressman. It happened Monday as Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) confronted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The Hill describes the encounter as Yoho approached Ocasio-Cortez on a staircase on the east side of the Capitol:
In a brief but heated exchange, which was overheard by a reporter, Yoho told Ocasio-Cortez she was “disgusting” for recently suggesting that poverty and unemployment are driving a spike in crime in New York City during the coronavirus pandemic.
“You are out of your freaking mind,” Yoho told her.
Ocasio-Cortez shot back, telling Yoho he was being “rude.”
But then as Yoho continued down the staircase, he reportedly said “F*ing bitch.”
AOC says another Congressman piled on when Yoho was berating her. She wrote that Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) was yelled at her about “throwing urine.” A spokesperson for Williams later denied his involvement.
Several Congressmen jumped to the NY Congresswoman’s defense suggesting that Yoho’s comments were not only vulgar, but sexist.
Today there are calls for an apology and perhaps a censure. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) addressed this today.
Yoho may not care what happens next. His term is up in early 2021, and he had previously announced he won’t be running for re-election in November.