House Majority Chief Steny Hoyer issued a stern condemnation of Rep. Ted Yoho after he reportedly bought right into a heated alternate within the Capitol with the left-wing freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that allegedly ended with Yoho uttering the phrases “f—— b—-.”
“The feedback associated to me had been despicable,” Hoyer, D-Md., mentioned. “Unacceptable. Mr. Yoho owes not solely the Congresswoman an apology, however an apology on the ground of the Home.”
He added that Yoho, R-Fla., was appearing like a “bully. It was the antithesis to John Lewis. It must be sanctioned.”
The Hill first reported the encounter, by which Yoho and Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., had been allegedly strolling reverse methods on a set of stairs. The Hill reported that Yoho referred to as Ocasio-Cortez “disgusting” over comments she made about crime in New York Metropolis being propelled by the pandemic and poverty relatively than an absence of policing.
“Do we predict this has to do with the truth that there’s report unemployment in the US proper now?” Ocasio-Cortez mentioned in a digital city corridor with The Hill earlier this month. “The truth that individuals are at a stage of financial desperation that now we have not seen because the Nice Recession?”
She added: “Perhaps this has to do with the truth that individuals aren’t paying their hire and are scared to pay their hire and they also exit, and they should feed their youngster and so they haven’t got cash so… they really feel like they both have to shoplift some bread or go hungry.”
These feedback upset many on the best, who identified that rioters tearing down statues, vandals defacing companies and authorities buildings, and a big uptick in homicide charges in lots of large cities seemingly have little to do with individuals trying to place meals on their tables.
Yoho mentioned she was “out of your freaking thoughts,” to which the congresswoman responded that the feedback had been “impolite.”
The Hill reported that shortly after the 2 continued on their means, Yoho made the “f——- b—-” remark.
Ocasio-Cortez reacted to the encounter on Twitter Tuesday.
“I by no means spoke to Rep. Yoho earlier than he determined to accost me on the steps of the nation’s Capitol yesterday,” she mentioned. “Imagine it or not, I often get alongside wonderful w/ my GOP colleagues. We all know the right way to test our legislative sparring on the committee door. However hey, “b—–s” get stuff carried out.”
Ocasio-Cortez additionally accused Texas Republican Rep. Roger Williams of “yelling at me too, about ‘throwing urine.'” Williams’ communications director Heather Douglass disputed that declare.
“The Congressman didn’t take part within the alternate between Congressman Yoho and Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, nor did he hear what was mentioned of their dialog,” she mentioned. “Any feedback overheard or attributed to Congressman Williams had been a part of a separate dialog that he and Congressman Yoho had been having. Congressman Williams would have instantly condemned that kind of language in the direction of any colleague.”
Fox Information has reached out to the workplaces of Ocasio-Cortez and Yoho however didn’t obtain quick responses.
Fox Information’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.