OCASIO-CORTEZ SAYS GOP LAWMAKER ANGRILY HARASSED HER OVER IDEOLOGY
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