US House leaders intervened Thursday in response to this week’s clash between Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez DN.Y.
Earlier in the week, Yoho allegedly called Ocasio-Cortez an “f —— b —-” on the Capitol steps, reportedly in reaction to the comments he had made on poverty contributing to a recent rise in the crime in New York City.
The meeting prompted Ocasio-Cortez to lash out against Yoho in remarks on the floor of the Chamber, in which he accused Yoho of launching “dehumanizing” insults against her.
Pelosi addressed the incident during a Capitol press conference, claiming to have had similar comments addressed to her in the past, calling these observations “a manifestation of attitudes in our society.”
“The fact that the behavior of one of the members is such that the entire Caucus of Democratic women took to the track at a time when our hour of the plan is very precious tells you how important it is,” said Pelosi. “And it’s a manifestation of attitudes in our society, really. I can tell you firsthand. They’ve called me names for at least 20 years of leadership.”
“There is no limit to the lack of respect or lack of recognition of women’s strength. Nothing is healthier for our government, for our politics, for our country than for the greater participation of women. And women will be treated with respect “, Pelosi She said.
“I apologize for the brusque way of the conversation I had with my colleague from New York. It is true that we disagree on policies and visions for America. But that doesn’t mean we should be disrespectful,” he said. .
“The insulting words of insults that have been attributed to me by the press have never been uttered to my colleagues. And if they had been interpreted that way, I apologize for their misunderstanding.”
‘People make mistakes’
McCarthy said Thursday that Ocasio-Cortez should accept Yoho’s apology, adding that when someone makes a mistake and apologizes, “he should be forgiven.”
“I saw that Congressman Yoho went ashore and apologized not once, but twice, to the New York MP. I have seen the majority of the House leader accept his apology, “said McCarthy.” In America, I know people make mistakes, we are a tolerant nation. I also think that when someone apologizes they should be forgiven. ”
Later, Ocasio-Cortez indicated on Twitter that he had not accepted the apology, saying that Yoho did not “apologize or name any action he did” or “accepted responsibility”.
He also claimed that he lied about their interaction – saying “this was not a” conversation “, it was a verbal attack.”
Two of Ocasio-Cortez’s “Squad” allies – Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., And Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Also spoke out against Yoho’s comments to AOC.
“We are not on the House floor today because of one insensitive incident,” said Pressley. “Unfortunately, what brings us to this moment are the structural and cultural conditions, and yes, precisely the men who have normalized the marginalization of women and in particular of black women since the birth of this nation.”
“I’m here on behalf of women all over the world,” said Omar. “It’s not just about a woman, an accident or a verbal assailant. It’s about respect and fundamental equality.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida republican, has defended Ocasio-Cortez, saying on Twitter this week that “it’s not a b —“.
“I can confirm that AOC gets along well with many of its Republican colleagues on a number of things that have nothing to do with legislation or politics,” he wrote. “She’s not a b —.”
Fox News’ Marisa Schultz and Tyler Olson contributed to this report