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AOC Rejects Ted Yoho’s Apology Following Verbal Spat

July 24, 2020, 03.13 PM

WASHINGTON, - Republican congressman Ted Yoho is under fire after hurling a vulgar slur at Democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC).

Ted Yoho has apologized after AOC shared the events of their verbal confrontation and reports of the incident circulated.

The Republican offered an apology on Wednesday for the ‘abrupt manner’ he used during the conversation with AOC but denied he aimed a sexist slur at her.

AOC has rejected Ted Yoho’s words saying that it was ‘not an apology’ while reaffirming that what she heard was a vulgar slur.

Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., made his remarks on the House floor a day after the freshman New York lawmaker said he'd angrily harangued her outside the Capitol over her linkage of joblessness and some recent crimes.

The verbal spat was witnessed by a reporter from The Hill newspaper.

Ted Yoho assailed AOC for asserting that an uptick in crimes during the coronavirus pandemic might be linked to poverty and unemployment.

The Hill wrote that Yoho proceeded to use a sexist slur as he walked away from AOC.

Ted Yoho is one of the House’s most conservative members while AOC is one of Congress’ most far-left lawmakers.

“I rise to apologize for the abrupt manner of the conversation I had with my colleague from New York,” Ted Yoho said of Monday's encounter.

“It is true that we disagree on policies and visions for America, but that does not mean we should be disrespectful,” said Ted.

Echoing an explanation his spokesman made on Tuesday, Ted said that “offensive name-calling words attributed to me by the press were never spoken to my colleagues, and if they were construed that way I apologize for their misunderstanding.”

Ted Yoho seemed to suggest his actions were due to his strong feelings about the issue, saying “I'm passionate about those affected by poverty."

He said he and his wife were on food stamps when they were young and added, “I cannot apologize for my passion."

In a series of tweets, AOC rejected Yoho's remarks, saying he hadn't mentioned her name or specified what he was apologizing for.


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