Ted Yoho Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams Republican congressman Ted Yoho for 'abuse'
He was walking shoulder to shoulder with representative roger williams and that’s when we start to see that this issue is not about one incident. It is cultural, 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, because not only have i been spoken to disrespectfully, particularly by members of the republican party and elected officials in the Republican party – not just here but the president of the united states last year, told me to go home to another country, is the implication that i don’t even belong in america. The governor of florida, governor desantis, before i even was sworn in called me, a whatever. That is dehumanizing language is not new, and what we are seeing is that incidents like these are happening in a pattern. This is a pattern of of an attitude towards women and dehumanization of others. So while i was not deeply hurt or offended by little comments that are made 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 to accept silence as a form of acceptance.
I could not allow that to stand, which is why i’m rising today to raise this point of personal privilege, and i do not need representative yoho to apologize to me clearly. He does not want to clearly when, given the opportunity, he will not – 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 yoho’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. Now. What i am here to say is that this harm that mr yoho levied it tried to levy against me was not just an incident directed at me, but when you do that to any woman, what mr yoho did was give permission to other men to do that.