House Majority Chief Steny Hoyer issued a stern condemnation of Rep. Ted Yoho after he reportedly acquired 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., stated. “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, through which Yoho and Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., had been allegedly strolling reverse methods on a set of stairs. The Hill reported that Yoho known as Ocasio-Cortez “disgusting” over comments she made about crime in New York Metropolis being propelled by the pandemic and poverty fairly than a scarcity of policing.
“Do we predict this has to do with the truth that there’s file unemployment in the US proper now?” Ocasio-Cortez stated in a digital city corridor with The Hill earlier this month. “The truth that individuals are at a degree of financial desperation that we’ve not seen because the Nice Recession?”
She added: “Perhaps this has to do with the truth that individuals aren’t paying their lease and are scared to pay their lease and they also exit, and they should feed their youngster and so they do not have cash so… they really feel like they both must shoplift some bread or go hungry.”
These feedback upset many on the correct, 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 probably have little to do with individuals making an attempt to place meals on their tables.
Yoho stated 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 method, 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 stated. “Consider it or not, I normally get alongside superb w/ my GOP colleagues. We all know tips on how to examine our legislative sparring on the committee door. However hey, “b—–s” get stuff accomplished.”
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 stated of their dialog,” she stated. “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 sort of language in the direction of any colleague.”
Fox Information has reached out to the places of work of Ocasio-Cortez and Yoho however didn’t obtain quick responses.
Fox Information’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.