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“This issue is not about one incident. It is cultural,” she said. “It is a culture of … impunity; of accepting of violence and violent language against women; and an entire structure of power that supports that.”
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on Rep. Yoho, who reportedly used derogatory language toward her on Capitol steps: “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.” https://t.co/BsAQx0wrILpic.twitter.com/9N64b4guHk
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Ocasio-Cortez, a liberal firebrand and social media sensation, has been railing against Yoho over the last 48 hours, using Twitter to condemn his conduct during their confrontation.
She said that she was prepared to let the episode go, before Yoho took to the floor Wednesday morning to offer an apology a speech that Democrats widely panned as insincere.
“And that I could not let go,” she said.
House Democratic leaders took the rare step of allowing Ocasio-Cortez a full hour to make her case on the chamber floor. She used about 10 minutes of that window, before ceding the podium to a number of other Democrats, who urged Yoho to apologize again.
The remarkable speech came three days after Yoho and Ocasio-Cortez sparred over criminal justice policies on the Capitol steps, where he had confronted her for suggesting that poverty was a major factor driving a recent crime spike in New York City.
Yoho had called her “disgusting” and “out of [her] freaking mind” for suggesting so. She had shot back, calling him “rude.”
After the two went their separate ways, Yoho offered a final comment to the air: “Fucking bitch.”
Ocasio-Cortez repeated those words near the beginning of her speech on the House floor on Thursday in a particularly striking moment.