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There are 40 comments on AOC’s Response to Ted Yoho: How the Media Covered It

  1. I am grateful for your courage and understanding of systemic and systematic dehumanizing acts by men in highly elected position that need to be called out and addressed by the House of Representatives and this Nation. Thank you

    1. Right now, trouble is another pandemic. BTW, Her constituents LOVE her and voted for her again with a 72% majority. That’s a fact. You are sadly out of touch with so many important things, Lisa. I’m assuming you are a female.

    2. Naah, I am one of her constituents. Didn’t vote for her when she was running against Crowley but have been so impressed by her, definitely voted for her this time, and plan to for the foreseeable future. You’re welcome ;-)

    3. Justifying sexist behavior and insults because you don’t like that AOC won’t be quiet and calls men out for their misogyny. The last thing she or any other woman needs is other women tearing us down when we have plenty of men to do that already. You’re dismissed, Lisa.

  2. Here is the problem: The senator Ted Yoho said he did NOT say this. AOC says he did. So… is it believe anything She says and disbelieve what He says? Does that seem fair? She also said that the Hispanics were drinking out of toilets when it was a very different (fortunately!) situation altogether! Keep a fair mind and don’t fall for whatever suits the popular opinion/narrative of the moment. Or you may find yourself in one of those mobs at night with torches going after the wrong guy!

    1. Sue,
      A reporter was there and overheard the conversation and verified that Senator Ted Yoho’s version is not true and verified Congresswoman’s Cortez’s portrayal. It is sad that we don’t believe her on her merit alone. I think this, too, is an example of the undercurrent of sexism.

    2. …. mobs like the thugs sent to Portland, Seattle, et al by Eric Prince, Inc. (per the orders of the High Command)?

      Lady, do your research. There were witnesses to the conversation. Of course, their recall of the Yoho tirade likely won’t comport with your worldview, so you’ll just take the word of the guy with the atrocious track record.

    3. Sue: It’s not at issue whether or not he said “f’ing bitch” – he himself admits he said it, he just claims it wasn’t name-calling. He says it was a comment he made to his colleague, Rep Williams, or to himself – not to her — which I do believe. But he said it loud enough for a reporter to hear it, and AOC herself heard it. And so, it was clearly intended to belittle and intimidate her, which it obviously failed to do.

    4. We can debate whether alien beings are flying in the sky or whether Bigfoot is real, but debating this is rejecting the obvious. It’s time to stop expecting character, truth and honesty from Trump and his Republicans and stop looking for them to be what they’re not. Strip away their current title and they could be the people who thought women shouldn’t vote, slavery was a great idea and Native Americans should give all their land to them and be killed. The proof is their desire to take away health care from millions, locking up families in cages and failure to pass an anti lynching legislation. Same people, just a different time.

      1. Robin are you the type that “never believe men” or “don’t believe men’s good intentions”. You are sounding like a 3rd wave feminist. Individuals have a right to their opinions whether you disagree with them. Doesn’t matter if it “hurts” your feelings. Personally, I go off on facts. In this matter with AOC. It’s a matter of he said, she said. The reporter from the Hill could have taken Yoho’s words out of context or misinterpreted them. There are only 2 individuals that know exactly what went done, and their stories are at odds with each other. So in the end there is a bit of truth on both sides and a bit of fabrication on both sides. In the end, members of Congress need to be respectful with one another and we are far from that especially when you have the Head of the House name calling the President. Right now our country is too divided and you can’t find any sound leadership or cohesion to bring the country together. Not from Congress and not from the Executive branch. Just sad, especially at these times when we need it the most.

    5. The sad part is that a lot of people believe Yoho because he’s a man. Women, after all, are “crazy”, “out of their minds” and “dangerous”. At least that’s how men and their servile womenfolk have been treating us for thousands of years when we try to, as Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez puts it, “get stuff done”.

    6. He was being a little cagey/cute about what he said. He denied he said those obscenities “to his colleague” (to her) but it was never alleged that he said them directly to her. He said them to himself, in the presence of the press, when she was out of earshot. His fake “denial” was not a denial that he (publicly) said those words about her, as he wants people to think, but is only a denial that he said them directly to her. That kind of apology is not an apology at all. He then nonsensically apologizes for the press’s misunderstanding of him calling her an obscene name to them out of her earshot. He’s not a Man, he’s not decent, he takes no responsibility, he still just plays childish, insulting political word games to try and deceive everybody. Just like that other child at the head of the table.

  3. The corporate media report all of this like it’s gospel truth and their consumers just keep drinking the Kool Aid without question.

    The fact is, this woman is nuts, out-of-touch, and is God’s gift to conservatives.

    I love how she pulls the Victorian fainting lady routine over some rough language. Quite the feminist!

    If my daughter was called a f***king b*tch by some dude, she’d call him a dumba$$ and move on. That’s what normal Americans do.

    Sitting around bloviating about naughty words and whining about how hard you have it as a woman falls in the realm of spoiled brats. Normal people just don’t care if you get called names because normal learned how to deal with that on the elementary school playground.

    1. Stig, if your daughter were called a F**king B***c in the workplace, it would be harassment and cause for the name caller to be fired. You would want as much. I would want as much for my daughter. This was a congressman using violent language against a colleague congresswoman in the workplace.

    2. At work, do you call your boss a f*****g a**hole (if its a dude) or f*****g b***h (if your boss is a woman)? How about your lateral colleagues…the ones of equal seniority in your workplace–when you’re on the job, do you call them f*****g a**hole or f*****g b***h in the course of working with them or doing business? No. You effing don’t because you would be fired without a second thought. Don’t be an effing hypocrite. This is a woman who was harassed by her lateral, male colleague of equal seniority in the workplace. You wouldn’t stand for it. Nor would your daughter, and neither should AOC.

      1. The capital steps are not a workplace and he is not her coworker. Get a grip.

        This language is nothing new in the Capitol unfortunately. In fact, it can be much worse. Go read some of the Wikileaks email leaks were Dem staffers are making fun of black people’s names and calling them crackheads (and worse). Those are actual coworkers not two elected politicians.

        Also, that type of language is used everyday in blue collar work environments across America. No one gets fired over it because they learned how to deal with this stuff on the elementary school playground. In the real world, the language is not the issue, but rather the reason behind it.

        These 4th wave fainting-lady feminists and their supporters are completely disconnected from real people. All the whining just pushes normal people further and further away.

        AOC and her ilk would be eaten for lunch by genuinely strong women in normal America.

        1. Strong women in normal America thank AOC for standing up and saying the same things we would: not allowing a cowardly, lying bully to walk away without hearing about himself. You clearly have not and should definitely watch her speech: you would learn a lot. She was not cut to the quick by this fool’s remarks; her speech wasn’t because she was butt hurt, it was because Congress, dudes like you and men in general accept this type of BS from the other men around them. Women don’t want to be further attacked and belittled by jerks like you so they consistently let it go: because they know no man will have their back and they will likely face more strife and insults for saying anything about it. Accosted and then bullied into silence and acceptance.

          You need to have some respect and stop purporting to speak for the strong women out here.

          WE AREN’T FAINTING OR GOING AWAY AND WE SURE AS HELL DON’T NEED YOUR SMUG, IGNORANT SELF SPEAKING FOR US.

          1. Strong women in normal America? You gotta be kidding!

            Take a trip outside of Rte. 495 and distance yourself from the BU reservation and see what real America is about. AOC is anything but strong. She is an artificially created political wrecking train. She chased Amazon from one of the most diverse and less privileged neighborhoods in America.

            What exactly are her accomplishments?

            Ladies, take out your frustration on your male BU bosses and show them how brave you really are.

        2. I live in a normal world and these are fighting words. Please done speak for “normal “ Barack women; in my words “We don’t allow disrespect”

        3. This type of language or any verbal abuse toward anyone ANYWHERE is unacceptable. Least of all from a man to a woman, who ARE colleagues. They are both congresspeople and represent their respective states. They do the same job and see each other every day. It’s unprofessional and blatantly disrespectful. Where it happens and who they are do not matter. There is no excuse to stand back silently and let a man hurl sexist insults at you. It shouldn’t happen at home, at work, in public, anywhere, ever. Whether you think it’s workplace environment is immaterial. This type of language is never acceptable. The only thing I disagree with AOC on is when she said “I’m someone’s daughter too.” She should’ve just said “I’m someone too.” Because women are not defined by others.

    3. You obviously didn’t even listen to one word she said. But you react. And attack. And prove her point. Here it is if you have the guts and integrity to listen. You obviously think it’s worth your time to post your opinions about it. She makes plain she’s heard these words a million times, she’s thrown men out of bars for say them to women, she’s dealt with them all her life. She made the point that she doesn’t need or want a personal apology from Rep. Yoho because he obviously doesn’t want to give it. She further said, she’s not personally hurt or wounded by them. She’s not waiting at home for him to say he’s sorry. But here’s what has made this the speech heard all around the world! It’s on the front page of every paper in every country in Europe, Asia, Latin America. Why is that? She’s made other speeches. People make a million speeches every day. What made the world stand up and listen ? Here it is in case you want to inform yourself. I also provide a portion of the transcript addressing your comment. You’re welcome.

      https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4894496/representative-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-speaks-exchange-representative-ted-yoho

      MY CONSTITUENTS SEND ME HERE TO FIGHT FOR THEM EACH AND EVERY DAY SO THEY ARE ABLE TO FEED THEIR FAMILIES. AND SO THEY ARE ABLE TO CARRY THEIR LIVES WITH DIGNITY. I WALKED BACK OUT AND THERE WERE REPORTERS IN THE FRONT OF THE CAPITOL, AND IN FRONT OF REPORTERS REPRESENTATIVE YOHO CALLED ME, AND I QUOTE, A FUNKING PITCH — FUCKING, BITCH.
      THESE ARE THE WORDS REPRESENTATIVE YOHO LEVIED CONVENIENCE AGAINST A CONGRESSWOMAN. A CONGRESSWOMAN THAT NOT ONLY REPRESENTS NEW YORK’S 14TH DISTRICT BUT EVERY CONGRESSWOMAN IN THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE ALL OF US HAVE HAD TO DEAL WITH THIS IN SOME FORM, SOME WAY, SOME SHAPE AT SOME POINT IN OUR LIVES. 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 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 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, AND I HAVE ENCOUNTERED THIS TYPE OF HARASSMENT RIDING THE SUBWAY IN NEW YORK CITY. THIS IS NOT NEW. AND THAT IS THE PROBLEM. MR. YOHO WAS NOT ALONE. 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 HAVEN’T 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 WITH THE IMPLICATION THAT I DON’T EVEN BELONG IN AMERICA. . THE GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA, GOVERNOR DESANTIS, BEFORE I 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 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 HONESTLY THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO 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 ACCEPTED 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, 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 TO HIS DAUGHTERS. HE — IN USING THAT LANGUAGE, IN FRONT OF THE PRESS, HE GAVE PERMISSION TO USE THAT LANGUAGE AGAINST HIS WIFE, HIS DAUGHTERS, WOMEN IN HIS COMMUNITY, AND I AM HERE TO STAND UP TO SAY THAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. I DO NOT CARE WHAT YOUR VIEWS ARE. IT DOES NOT MATTER HOW MUCH I DISAGREE OR HOW MUCH IT IS INCENSES ME OR HOW MUCH I FEEL THAT PEOPLE ARE DEHUMANIZING OTHERS. I WILL NOT DO THAT MYSELF. I WILL NOT ALLOW PEOPLE TO CHANGE AND CREATE HATRED IN OUR HEARTS. AND SO WHAT I BELIEVE IS THAT HAVING A DAUGHTER DOES NOT MAKE A MAN DECENT. HAVING A WIFE DOES NOT MAKE A DECENT MAN. TREATING PEOPLE WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT MAKES A DECENT MAN. AND WHEN A DECENT MAN MESSES UP, AS WE ALL ARE BOUND TO DO, HE TRIES HIS BEST AND DOES APOLOGIZE. NOT TO SAVE FACE, NOT TO WIN A VOTE. HE APOLOGIZES GENUINELY TO REPAIR AND ACKNOWLEDGE THE HARM DONE SO THAT WE CAN ALL MOVE ON. LASTLY, WHAT I WANT TO EXPRESS TO MR. YOHO IS GRATITUDE. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR SHOWING THE WORLD THAT YOU CAN BE A POWERFUL MAN AND ACCOST WOMEN. YOU CAN HAVE DAUGHTERS AND ACCOST WOMEN WITHOUT REMORSE. YOU CAN BE MARRIED AND ACCOST WOMEN. YOU CAN TAKE PHOTOS AND PROJECT AN IMAGE TO THE WORLD OF BEING A FAMILY MAN AND ACCOST WOMEN WITHOUT REMORSE AND WITH A SENSE OF IMPUNITY. IT HAPPENS EVERY DAY IN THIS COUNTRY. IT HAPPENED HERE ON THE STEPS OF OUR NATION’S CAPITOL. IT HAPPENS WHEN INDIVIDUALS WHO HOLD THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN THIS LAND ADMIT, ADMIT TO HURTING WOMEN AND USING THIS LANGUAGE AGAINST ALL OF US. ONCE AGAIN, I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR JOINING US TODAY. I WILL RESERVE THE HOUR OF MY TIME AND I WILL YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE JAYAPAL OF WASHINGTON. THANK YOU. Show Less Text
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  4. Naah, I am one of her constituents. Didn’t vote for her when she was running against Crowley but have been so impressed by her, definitely voted for her this time, and plan to for the foreseeable future. You’re welcome. ;-)

  5. to Stig….You, like someone else in the White House are showing how much you fear strong women….and so using that kind of language towards them is considered the ‘norm’ That shows a weak man who can’t accept the fact that everyone does not believe as you do.(thank God !) Do you have respect for your mother/wife/daughter? Obviously not.

  6. What’s interesting about the coverage is Fox’s use of the word ‘emotional’ which is intended to smear AOC as hysterical vs. Yoho, Who, as he defended his defenseless behavior stated that he would not apologize for his ‘passion.’ You have it in a nutshell right there- woman gives strong speech = emotional (it wasn’t at all). Man accosts woman and screams epithets and personal attacks, and gesticulates in her face = passion. That’s misogyny.

  7. Forget the bad names back and forth. BU should be ashamed of AOC as an example of an Economics graduate. Her policies would destroy the US economy if followed strictly. She ia a great example of a young lib espousing policies totally destructive to our heritage and our economy. She is a great example of someone who actually believed marxist ateachings and grew up in a rich safe community north of NYC. Where is her outrage at rioters destroying property, businesses and murders all over the US as the result of Antifa controlled rioting and pillaging?

    1. She didn’t grow up in a rich community. The immediate towns north of the Bronx are also working class and while safer than sections of the Bronx, her family worked desperately hard. Especially when her father died when she was 17. If you want to argue an economic point Ray, be specific. The tax code she advocates was in place under Republican President Eisenhower. She used that as her model. Not Marxism. Republican policy. . It was the most productive, prosperous time for most Americans. It was when our middle class was created. It was when we had the highest productive employment.

      The other policies were even advocated by our Founding Fathers who believed in the communal good! Not predatory profit-making. Get your facts straight. Then try to argue.

      The protesters are peaceful. They are victims of murder and have hurt no one. If you’re even a real person, that false inflammatory language has no effect on the majority of Americans who know better.

  8. He probably was so upset with her that he said those words. However,she is no angel
    I bet she has used foul language against others in past
    She also condoned the awful language of congresswoman Tlilb who really has a dirty mouth
    I wonder what her coworker said or thought if her when she stiffed her if tips where she worked at restaurant
    I am amazed how little knowledge of world events and economics considering she was a economics and international affairs major
    You can see the PBS interviews after being elected. She was not knowledge
    I had hoped a BU grad would shine

  9. A SPEECH FOR THE AGES! Thank you, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, for this extraordinary, eloquent and long-overdue response. I’m reminded of an observation from novelist Milan Kundera (“The Unbearable Lightness of Being”):

    “Mankind’s true moral test, its fundamental test…consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: ANIMALS. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.”

    In light of Rep. Yoho’s inexcusable remarks, just consider how many perfectly respectable words applying to animals are used to denigrate women: pussy, beaver, dog, cow, bitch….Rampant sexism is part of the national dialogue–like racism, it has to stop. Relatedly, it’s worth noting that the animal rights/welfare movement is probably 85% female, one of the many reasons the movement is not taken as seriously as it should be by the powers-that-be. There are connections to be made here, folks. Lest we forget, CORONA-19 was HUMAN-caused, a direct result of our gross mistreatment of animals, both wild and domestic. EQUALITY AND COMPASSION FOR ALL!

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