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 and i want to be clear that representative yoho’s comments were not deeply hurtful or piercing to me, because i Have worked a working class job, i have weighted tables in restaurants, i have ridden the subway, i have walked the streets in new york city and this kind of language is not new. I have encountered words uttered by mr yoho and men uttering the same words as mr yoho. While i was being harassed in restaurants, i have tossed men out of bars that have used language like mr yoho’s. This is not new, and that is the problem. It is a culture of lack of impunity, of accepting of violence and violent language against women, an entire structure of power that supports that. When i was reflecting on this, i i honestly thought that i was just gon na pack. It up and go home it’s just another day right, but then, yesterday representative yoho decided to come to the floor of the house of representatives and make excuses for his behavior and that i could not let go. I could not allow my nieces. I could not allow the little girls that i go home to. I could not allow victims of verbal abuse and worse to see that to see that excuse and to see our congress accept it as legitimate and accept it as an apology, and i will not stay up late at night.

Waiting for an apology from a man who has no remorse over calling women and using abusive language towards women, but what i do have issue with is using women, our wives and daughters as shields and excuses for poor behavior. Mr yoho mentioned that he has a wife and two daughters. I am two years younger than mr yoho’s youngest daughter. I am someone’s daughter too. My father, thankfully, is not alive to see how mr yoho treated his daughter. My mother got to see mr yojo’s disrespect on the floor of this house towards me on television, and i am here because i have to show my parents that i am their daughter and that they did not raise me to accept abuse from men. Having a daughter does not make a man decent having a wife does not make a decent man.