Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Responds After Being Accosted and Called a ‘B*tch’ by a Republican Colleague

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has responded to reports of her colleague Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) accosting her on the steps of the Capitol while she was on her way into work. The Hill‘s reporter overheard the conversation, noting that “Yoho told Ocasio-Cortez she was ‘disgusting’ for recently suggesting that poverty and unemployment are driving a spike in crime in New York City during the coronavirus pandemic.”

He told her that she was “out of [her] freaking mind,” and Ocasio-Cortez told him that he was being “rude,” according to The Hill. Ocasio-Cortez entered the Capitol and he descended down a few more stairs, blurting out “fucking bitch,” The Hill wrote.

Ocasio-Cortez confirmed to The Hill and on her Twitter that the incident did indeed happen. She told The Hill, “That kind of confrontation hasn’t ever happened to me—ever. I’ve never had that kind of abrupt, disgusting kind of disrespect levied at me.”

On Twitter, she added that another representative, Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas), was involved too. (Williams had denied his involvement to a reporter.)

She wrote, “I never spoke to Rep. Yoho before he decided to accost me on the steps of the nation’s Capitol yesterday. 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.”

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She added, “Gotta love Republican courage from Rep @RogerWilliamsTX: when he undeniably sees another man engaged in virulent harassment of a young woman, just pretend you never saw it in the most cartoonish manner possible and keep pushing. (He’s lying, by the way. He joined in w/ Yoho) What’s wild to me @RogerWilliamsTX is why would you blatantly lie to a reporter who saw this exchange? You were yelling at me too, about ‘throwing urine.'”

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AOC retweeted Rep. Ruben Gallego’s (D-Ariz.) defense of her. He tweeted that he had made similar remarks but never received that kind of treatment from his GOP colleagues. “I have suggested the same thing that @aoc has poverty & unemployment lead to crime. Weird neither Yoho or any other member has ever talked to me that way.”

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