Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gave yet another powerful speech on the floor of the House of Representatives on July 23, just days after she was accosted in public by a fellow member of Congress, Ted Yoho, a Republican from Florida.
In case you missed it, Yoho and AOC had an exchange in which he reportedly said she was “disgusting," for suggesting crime and poverty were leading to a boost in crime in New York City, reported the The Hill.
"You are out of your freaking mind," Yoho also said, in addition to saying “fucking bitch” as he walked away, according to The Hill, which made it clear that the conversation was overheard by a reporter. In a statement to NBC News, a Yoho spokesman denied that he used that particular slur. “Instead, he made a brief comment to himself as he walked away summarizing what he believes her polices to be: bullsh-t."
Still, Yoho issued a sort of non-apology apology and said, “I rise today to apologize for the abrupt manner of the conversation I had with my colleague from New York. It is true that we disagree on policies and visions for America, but that does not mean we should be disrespectful. Having been married for 45 years with two daughters, I'm very cognizant of my language." He also said, ”I cannot apologize for my passion or for loving my God, my family, and my country."
AOC was having none of it. “Republican responds to calling a colleague ‘disgusting’ & a ‘f—ing b*tch’ w/ ‘I cannot apologize for my passion’ and blaming others. I will not teach my nieces and young people watching that this an apology, and what they should learn to accept. Yoho is refusing responsibility,” she tweeted on July 22.
On Thursday, July 23, Ocasio-Cortez took to the House floor to further comment. Despite saying Yoho's remarks were not “deeply hurtful or piercing” to her, she could not let it slide with America watching. "I could not let go. I could not allow my nieces, I could not allow the little girls I go home to, I could not allow victims of verbal abuse and worse to see that, to see that excuse and to see our Congress accept it as legitimate," she said. "And to accept it as an apology. And to accept silence as a form of acceptance, I could not allow that to stand."
"And I do not need Rep. Yoho to apologize to me," she added. "Clearly, he does not want to. Clearly, when given the opportunity he will not. And I will not stay up late at night waiting for an apology from a man who has no remorse over using abusive language toward women."
AOC especially took issue with Yoho's attempt to use his proximity to women in his family as a shield. “And so what I believe is that having a daughter does not make a man decent. Having a wife does not make a decent man. Treating people with dignity and respect makes a decent man,” she said. “Lastly, what I want to express to Mr. Yoho is gratitude. I want to thank him for showing the world that you can be a powerful man and accost women. You can have daughters and accost women without remorse. You can be married and accost women.”
Originally Appeared on Glamour