OCA­SIO-CORTEZ SAYS GOP LAW­MAKER AN­GRILY HA­RASSED HER OVER IDE­OL­OGY

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION/WORLD - BY ALAN FRAM

WASHINGTON — New York Rep. Alexan­dria Oca­sio-Cortez ac­cused a Repub­li­can col­league on Tues­day of an­grily ha­rass­ing her out­side the Capi­tol over her pro­gres­sive views in an en­counter that a re­porter said ended with the con­gress­man us­ing a sex­ist slur as he walked away.

A spokesper­son for Florida Rep. Ted Yoho, one of the House’s most con­ser­va­tive mem­bers, de­nied that the law­maker had used a sex­ist slur, say­ing the Florida con­gress­man had in­stead mut­tered “bull——” to him­self to de­scribe Oca­sio-Cortez’s poli­cies.

In a tweet Tues­day, Oca­sio-Cortez, DN.Y., said she had never spo­ken to Yoho “be­fore he de­cided to ac­cost me” as they passed each other on the Capi­tol’s steps.

“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,” she wrote, us­ing one of the words Yoho re­port­edly used.

A re­porter for The Hill news­pa­per wit­nessed the en­counter, the pa­per said. Ac­cord­ing to the news out­let, Yoho ap­proached Oca­sioCortez and said her com­ments con­nect­ing poverty to a crime surge in New York City dur­ing the pan­demic were “dis­gust­ing.”

“You are out of your freak­ing mind,” Yoho added. Oca­sio-Cortez told Yoho he was be­ing “rude,” the ar­ti­cle said.

The Hill said as the two headed in op­po­site di­rec­tions, Yoho ut­tered the sex­ist com­ment “to no one in par­tic­u­lar.”

Rep. Alexan­dria Oca­sio-Cortez

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