Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Rep. Ted Yoho reportedly got into a heated exchange at the Capitol today. This happened as they were passing each other. Yoho approached AOC to confront her about some of her recent comments dealing with policing.
This per The Hill.
Rep.Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) was coming down the steps on the east side of the Capitol on Monday, having just voted, when he approached Ocasio-Cortez, who was ascending into the building to cast a vote of her own.
In a brief but heated exchange, which was overheard by a reporter, Yoho told Ocasio-Cortez she was “disgusting” for recently suggesting that poverty and unemployment are driving a spike in crime in New York City during the coronavirus pandemic.
“You are out of your freaking mind,” Yoho told her.
Ocasio-Cortez shot back, telling Yoho he was being “rude.”
The linked article presents this as AOC being a victim in this case, but I find it hard to elicit sympathy for a woman who has routinely trashed her political opposition with unfair smears, including accusing Republicans of killing people in various ways. This is a woman who has called people racist for the sin of pointing out she’s a Biden campaign advisor. There’s no “decorum” or good faith in anything she does, so to gnash teeth over a GOP member confronting her is pretty rich.
Regardless, there’s another claim in the article, which isn’t sourced and I’m skeptical of.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) July 21, 2020
If you read the article, there’s no sourcing for any of this. Apparently some unnamed “journalist” heard Yoho say it in a later conversation? Why would a journalist need to remain anonymous while reporting the news? We aren’t talking about a commentator giving political opinions here.
Yoho’s office denies he said it.
YOHO office to @DailyCaller: "It is unfortunate that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is using this exchange to gain personal attention. Instead, he made a brief comment to himself as he walked away summarizing what he believes her polices to be: bullshit."
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) July 21, 2020
I have no reason to believe anything The Hill, a rabidly partisan left-wing publication, or AOC say in this case. In the absence of actual evidence, I’m going to go with this being made up, which is why it’s being anonymously reported.
AOC may not deserve to be called an expletive (that’s my personal conviction when dealing with just about anyone), but she certainly deserves scorn. If Yoho confronted her on her ridiculous policy proposals, he likely had good reason to do so.
Lastly, let’s be honest. Republicans have been called all kinds of names and accused of all kinds of awful things. The media don’t actually care about this stuff. It’s just white knighting for their chosen political side.