Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims Yoho’s comments part of sexism culture

In this image from video, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks on the House floor, Thursday, July 23, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (House Television via AP)

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UPDATED 1:15 PM PT — Thursday, July 23, 2020

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has accused fellow lawmaker Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) of enabling a culture of sexism on Capitol Hill. On Thursday, she said Yoho’s apology over his “abusive” language directed at her earlier this week was not good enough.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez stated she was going to let it go, but realized “this issue is not about one incident, …it is cultural.”

Rep. Yoho has since apologized for the “abrupt manner” in which he confronted her. However, he has said he’s not remorseful for his passion over political disagreements.

This combo shows Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., walks Capitol Hill in Washington, on March 27, 2020, left, and Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., at the Capitol in Washington on March 28, 2017. (AP Photo, File)

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy defended Yoho’s apology by saying the House should move forward.

“I watched the majority leader of the House accept his apology. In America, I know people make mistakes. We’re a forgiving nation. I also think when someone apologizes, they should be forgiven. I don’t understand that we’re going to take another hour on the floor to debate whether the apology was good enough or not. He said ‘I was sorry.’ He said ‘I’m sorry to the congresswoman from New York.’” – Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader (R-Calif.)

He has denied that the Republican Party in Congress has a “woman problem.” He added though there’s more to be done, there have been improvements every day.

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