On Tuesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that a Republican Congressman Ted Yoho stuck his finger in her face, called her among several things “disgusting” and “crazy.” The incident took place on the steps outside the White House.
AOC adds that he continued to scream insults at her as she walked away from the uncalled-for confrontation. She added that the congressman initiated the first confrontation on the Capital steps ahead of votes on Monday. She said she walked away from the confrontation and could hear him still insulting her as she made her way inside.
“I hear him just kind of like lobbing these insults at me, but I just kept walking into votes,” AOC told reporters on Tuesday.
AOC says that Yoho approached her as she walked up the Capitol steps to cast a vote on the House floor. He told her that she was “disgusting” for suggesting that unemployment and poverty were leading to a rise in crime throughout New York City.
“You are out of your freaking mind,” AOC says the congressman said to her. She told Yoho he was “rude’ and continued her way up the steps.
Reportedly the exchange was overheard by a reporter.
Yoho was then joined by Rep. Roger Williams and heard saying “F—ing bitch” as they walked down the steps.
A spokesperson for Yoho, Brian Kaveney denies Yoho used the slur.
“He did not call Rep. Ocasio-Cortez what has been reported in the Hill or any name for that matter,” said Kaveney, who then added, “Instead, he made a brief comment to himself as he walked away summarizing what he believes her polices to be: bulls—.”
On Tuesday, AOC said she did not hear the slur, but did not dispute the reporter’s claim.
AOC then shares that Yoho confronted her a second time on Monday with more profane insults.
“He starts screaming saying all these other terrible things about me again kind of essentially doubling tripling down.”
Williams denied having heard the exchange despite his proximity.
“I was thinking about some issues I’ve got in my district that need to get done,” Williams stated.