Rep. Ted Yoho apologizes to AOC, denies calling her ‘f—ing bitch’
By Steven Nelson
Republican Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida apologized Wednesday for a heated exchange in which he allegedly called Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a “f—ing bitch.”
I rise to apologize for the abrupt manner of the conversation I had, ”Yoho said.
But he denied swearing at the 30-year-old socialist.
“The offensive name-calling words attributed to me by the press were never spoken to my colleagues and if they were construed that way, I apologize for their misunderstanding,” he said.
Yoho on Monday confronted Ocasio-Cortez outside the Capitol, telling the New York Democrat she was “disgusting” for her recent remarks tying poverty and unemployment to the recent spike in crime in New York City, according to The Hill.
AOC reportedly told Yoho he was being “rude.” He allegedly retorted: “f—ing bitch.”
The congresswoman, who represents parts of the Bronx and Queens, did not accept Yoho’s apology.
“This is not an apology,” she tweeted. “He didn’t even say my name.”
AOC demanded that one news outlet remove its “incorrect reporting” that characterized Yoho’s remarks as an apology to her.
“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 wrote.
On Tuesday, AOC tweeted that she was accosted by Yoho.
Ocasio-Cortez 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.”