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"I'm a daughter too," Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Says to the Leader who Insulted her

"I'm a daughter too," said Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, to the Leader who Insulted her
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Anti-feminist tendencies in American politics resurfaced after The Hill reported an incident on Monday. The newspaper reported that Republican leader Ted Yoho called them anti-feminist obscene voices as they walked in after a verbal dispute with Democratic Representative Alexandria Occasio Cortes from New York. Alexandria told the House of Representatives that Yoho had spoken to him in harsh language.

The Democratic congresswoman claims that Republican Ted Yoho called her a "f****** b****" and said she was "out of [her] freaking mind" on the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington DC.

"Mr Yoho mentioned that he has a wife and two daughters," Ms Ocasio-Cortez, 30, said on Thursday. "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."

"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," she continued.

Mr Yoho issued a public apology the following day but denied using the alleged language, saying it was a "policy discussion".

In a passionate 10-minute speech in the House on Thursday, Ms Ocasio-Cortez, who is known as AOC, rejected Mr Yoho's apology and called out a culture of accepting "violence and violent language against women [and] an entire structure of power that supports that".

She said: "I have waited 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 tossed men out of bars that have used language like Mr Yoho's, and I have encountered this type of harassment riding the subway in New York City. This is not new."

Ms Ocasio-Cortez, who represents New York's 14th district, added: "Having a daughter does not make a man decent.

Yoho was outraged when Alexandria said unemployment and poverty caused by Covid-19 had increased crime in New York City. Alexandria revealed that she had pointed her finger at me, saying that she was crazy and disgusted with you. Alexandria said Yoho showed how powerful men can attack women.

"No girl should ever experience this kind of behavior in Congress again," Alexandria said in response to Yoho. "Yoho mentioned that he has a wife and two daughters. I'm two years younger than Mr. Yoho's young daughter.

Many leaders of the party, regardless of gender, came out in support of Alexandria.

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