Ocasio-Cortez accosted by GOP lawmaker over remarks: 'That kind of confrontation hasn't ever happened to me' | TheHill

  

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Ocasio-Cortez accosted by GOP lawmaker over remarks: 'That kind of confrontation hasn't ever happened to me' | TheHill
Tensions flared on Capitol Hill this week when a Republican lawmaker challenged Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on issues of crime and policing in an unusual — and decidedly personal — confrontation on the Capitol steps.

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Tensions flared on Capitol Hill this week when a Republican lawmaker challenged Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTrump threatens to double down on Portland in other major citiesHouse seeks ways to honor John LewisHouse to bring controversial Homeland Security bill to floorMORE (D-N.Y.) on issues of crime and policing in an unusual — and decidedly personal — confrontation on the Capitol steps.

Rep. Ted YohoTheodore (Ted) Scott YohoBipartisan lawmakers introduce bill to limit further expansion of 2001 Authorization for Use of Military ForceDemocrats fear US already lost COVID-19 battleHouse Republicans urge White House to support TSA giving travelers temperature checks MORE (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 two then parted ways. Ocasio-Cortez headed into the building, while Yoho, joined by Rep. Roger WilliamsJohn (Roger) Roger WilliamsCook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats Lawmaker-linked businesses received PPP loansRhode Island moves toward changing its official name over slavery connotationsMORE (R-Texas), began descending toward the House office buildings. A few steps down, Yoho offered a parting thought to no one in particular.

"Fucking bitch," he said.

Ocasio-Cortez, a liberal firebrand and social media sensation, is no stranger to attacks from the right. But shortly after the exchange, she said it was the first time since she arrived in Congress that another lawmaker has challenged her so aggressively.
"That kind of confrontation hasn't ever happened to me — ever," she said. "I've never had that kind of abrupt, disgusting kind of disrespect levied at me."

Approached a few hours later, Yoho declined to discuss any aspect of the exchange. "No comment," he said.

Williams, who was in a position to hear the entire back-and-forth, said he wasn't paying it any mind.

"I was actually thinking, as I was walking down the stairs, I was thinking about some issues I've got in my district that need to get done," Williams said. "I don't know what their topic was. There's always a topic, isn't there?"

At issue were comments Ocasio-Cortez made earlier in the month during a virtual town hall with the mothers of two Black men, Eric Garner and Ramarley Graham, who were killed in recent years by New York police officers.

During the event, Ocasio-Cortez was asked about gun violence in New York, which has spiked this summer as the nation's largest city — which was clobbered by the coronavirus — slowly reopens from a months-long lockdown.

Ocasio-Cortez, who represents parts of Queens and the Bronx, has long advocated for policies that cut police budgets and shift that funding to education, mental health and other social services. In her response, she stuck to that theme, suggesting the surge in crime stems from the economic hardship facing New York's poorest communities — and a failure of policymakers to fund programs aimed at leveling economic disparities.

"Crime is a problem of a diseased society, which neglects its marginalized people," she said during the July 9 event. "Policing is not the solution to crime."

Ocasio-Cortez went on to propose that "economic desperation" caused by the coronavirus pandemic — combined with glitches in the delivery of federal stimulus checks and unemployment payments — has helped trigger the crime spike.

"Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren't paying their rent and are scared to pay their rent, and so they go out and they need to feed their child and they don't have money," she said. "So ... they're put in a position where they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry that night."
Conservatives pounced, accusing Ocasio-Cortez of propounding tortured rationales to excuse violent crime.

"There's a big difference between shoplifting and cold-blooded murder, and for her not to know the difference is frankly astonishing," former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) said last week on Fox News.

On Monday, Ocasio-Cortez defended her position, saying she made clear during the town hall that she was referring to "petty crime and crimes of poverty."

Conservative media, she said, has purposefully taken taken her comments out of context.

"I say, 'Listen, I'm not talking about violent crime, I'm not talking about shootings. But when it comes to petty theft, a lot of these are crimes of poverty, and people are desperate,'" she said. "So the right wing cuts up this clip, per usual, in a very misleading way. ... They basically [want] to make it seem as though I'm saying people are shooting each other because they're hungry."

Ocasio-Cortez acknowledged that her outspoken advocacy of liberal policies has made her an easy target of conservatives.

"Obviously, I'm no stranger to this," she said.

But the confrontation with Yoho was something new.

"In all these intense news cycles, I have never, ever been treated that way by another member before," she said. "I'm frankly quite taken aback."

UPDATE: Ocasio-Cortez tweeted about the exchange after this story was published online.


I never spoke to Rep. Yoho before he decided to accost me on the steps of the nation's Capitol yesterday.
Believe it or not, I usually get along fine w/ my GOP colleagues. We know how to check our legislative sparring at the committee door.
But hey, "b*tches" get stuff done. ‍♀️ https://t.co/WlG3xccwR7

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 21, 2020

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JBB
1  seeder  JBB    2 weeks ago

Yoho should be censured by the entire House...

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.1  Tessylo  replied to  JBB @1    2 weeks ago

They're desperate and deplorable - the gop/republicans

 
 
 
Ender
2  Ender    2 weeks ago

Some republicans are really losing their shit.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
3  Sean Treacy    2 weeks ago

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Kavika
4  Kavika     2 weeks ago

Ah yes, the ''fucking bitch'' those gentlemanly right-wingers.../s

 
 
 
Tessylo
4.1  Tessylo  replied to  Kavika @4    2 weeks ago

This Yoho turd is quite the whiny little bitch ain't he?

 
 
 
loki12
4.2  loki12  replied to  Kavika @4    2 weeks ago
''fucking bitch''

Which part upsets your delicate sensibilities? The fact he said it? or the fact that it's probably accurate?

 
 
 
Kavika
4.2.1  Kavika   replied to  loki12 @4.2    2 weeks ago

So you think that because I don't have to stoop to four-letter words and gutter language to call someone out that I have delicate sensibilities? That's hilarious, but not unexpected from some. 

Once he resorted to the ''fucking bitch'' comment he lost whatever credibility that he had (he might not have lost it with the limited intelligence group)  which probably isn't much since his command of the English language seems to be limited at best. 

How you have a nice evening. You might want to try some of that sweet tea to get you back on track.

 

 
 
 
loki12
4.2.2  loki12  replied to  Kavika @4.2.1    2 weeks ago
(he might not have lost it with the limited intelligence group)

Good to know that the democrats in the house will still think he has credibility!

 
 
 
Kavika
4.2.4  Kavika   replied to  loki12 @4.2.2    2 weeks ago

Whatever credibility that he had it surely wasn't with dems and not much with republicans, he was one of four in the house that voted against the Emmitt Till Anti-lynching bill. Oh, he announced that he won't be running for re-election in 2020. 

Hopefully, the people of the 3rd Congressional District in FL will have the chance to vote in a much better person to represent them. 

Cheers

 

 
 
 
Ronin2
4.2.5  Ronin2  replied to  loki12 @4.2    2 weeks ago

What do you mean probably? She goes out of her way to make herself one; and then everyone acts shocked when she is finally called it.

 
 
 
loki12
4.2.6  loki12  replied to  Ronin2 @4.2.5    2 weeks ago

I’m sure she’s not on Bezos Christmas card list, she has her own sugar daddy so she doesn’t need him.

 
 
 
loki12
4.2.7  loki12  replied to  Kavika @4.2.4    2 weeks ago

Please explain in detail what the Emmett Till anti lynching bill does that isn’t already codified in either federal hate crimes law other than add the word Lynching? I know it makes a bunch of virtue signaling douchebags in congress and their sycophants feel like they accomplished something, but if I murder someone do you think not more than 10 years means anything? But hey race bating liberal fucktards in congress have to do something to feel better about themselves.

 
 
 
Kavika
4.2.8  Kavika   replied to  loki12 @4.2.7    2 weeks ago

The passed the house by a 410 - 4 vote in February of 2020 which means that a lot of conservative fucktards voted for it. In the Senate it has 99 votes and only one, Rand Paul is holding it up. That means that a lot more of the conservative fucktards are voting for it. That is a hell of a lot of conservative fucktards, isn't it?

It's H.R. 35 if you want to read what the bill encompasses. 

You have a nice evening and sip more of that sweet tea while you read H.R. 35.

Cheers

P.S. there is a rumor that next week on NT will be ''clean speech week'' if the last couple of your comments are an indication of your lack of ability to speak without all the cussing you just may have to take the week off. 

 
 
 
loki12
4.2.9  loki12  replied to  Kavika @4.2.8    2 weeks ago

So a meaningless bi-partisan law! Yippee! Meanwhile liberal shitholes burn. Is there a single city run by democrats that isn’t a complete shithole?

 
 
 
Gsquared
4.3  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @4    2 weeks ago

Congressman Yahoo seems like a very fine gentleman...

 
 
 
Texan1211
5  Texan1211    2 weeks ago

looks like little Ocasio-Cortez had her fee-fees hurt.

Aw..

 
 
 
Gsquared
5.1  Gsquared  replied to  Texan1211 @5    2 weeks ago

At least we know lil Donnie can suck it up... Never...

 
 
 
Texan1211
5.1.1  Texan1211  replied to  Gsquared @5.1    2 weeks ago
At least we know lil Donnie can suck it up... Never...

Kind of interesting that Trump has to enter a seed that has nothing to do with him.

Sometimes the inability to stay on topic is a sign of other maladies.

 
 
 
Gsquared
5.1.2  Gsquared  replied to  Texan1211 @5.1.1    2 weeks ago

It's an apt comparison.  She lives in his brain.

I'm sorry If I made you feel bad... don't want to hurt your sensitive fee-fees...

 
 
 
arkpdx
5.1.3  arkpdx  replied to  Gsquared @5.1.2    2 weeks ago
She lives in his brain.

And she doesn't have one.

 
 
 
Tessylo
5.1.4  Tessylo  replied to  Gsquared @5.1.2    2 weeks ago

"I'm sorry If I made you feel bad... don't want to hurt your sensitive fee-fees.."

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Texan1211
5.1.5  Texan1211  replied to  Gsquared @5.1.2    2 weeks ago
It's an apt comparison.  She lives in his brain.

Nope.

I'm sorry If I made you feel bad

No worries, you didn't. I don't let others dictate to me how I feel.

don't want to hurt your sensitive fee-fees...

No worries there, either. I am an adult and don't let my emotions rule me.

 
 
 
Gsquared
5.1.6  Gsquared  replied to  Texan1211 @5.1.5    2 weeks ago

OK, I can stop worrying about you then... That's a relief...

 
 
 
Gsquared
5.1.7  Gsquared  replied to  arkpdx @5.1.3    2 weeks ago

I"ll go ahead and moderate comment 5.1.3 myself:  NO VALUE

 
 
 
Texan1211
5.1.8  Texan1211  replied to  Gsquared @5.1.6    2 weeks ago

I am deeply touched by your concern.

 
 
 
arkpdx
5.1.10  arkpdx  replied to  Gsquared @5.1.7    2 weeks ago

It has as much or more value than comment 5.1.2, plus 5.1.3 is absolutely, positively true. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
5.1.11  Gsquared  replied to  arkpdx @5.1.10    2 weeks ago

Big YAWN...

 
 
 
arkpdx
5.1.12  arkpdx  replied to  Gsquared @5.1.11    2 weeks ago

Hey! That's what I think of most of your comments. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
5.1.13  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @5.1.11    2 weeks ago
Big YAWN...

Agreed.  Nothing but a Big Yawn, and not worth the time to respond to them, which being ignored is what they hate more than anything. They are only here to light as many 'fires' as they can, then sit back and laugh at the results.

 
 
 
Adam_Selene
6  Adam_Selene    2 weeks ago

This is a result of the pressure Republicans are now under.

There is a lot on the line for Republicans this election. If they lose the White House, Senate, and don't regain the House, they will be politically stuffed into a very very tiny box. 

Legislation will be passed to eliminate  gerrymandering, transparency will be provided to campaign finance. Southern states will once again face scrutiny over attempts to suppress voting.

And the 11 Supreme Court justices will not be able to save them.

 
 
 
Texan1211
6.1  Texan1211  replied to  Adam_Selene @6    2 weeks ago
There is a lot on the line for Republicans this election. If they lose the White House, Senate, and don't regain the House, they will be politically stuffed into a very very tiny box. 

Lots of Democrats have declared the GOP dead before.

I remember specifically when Obama won his first term.

Ensuing events certainly have not backed up the claim yet.

Legislation will be passed to eliminate  gerrymandering

Nope. The feds don't have that authority, as SCOTUS has previously ruled.

transparency will be provided to campaign finance.

Already is.

Southern states will once again face scrutiny over attempts to suppress voting.

No more so than any other geographical region will be.

And the11Supreme Court justices will not be able to save them.

Pipe dream.

 
 
 
MUVA
7  MUVA    2 weeks ago

When you are a stupid bitch you should be prepared to be called a stupid bitch.

 
 
 
Ronin2
7.1  Ronin2  replied to  MUVA @7    2 weeks ago

Of course the article uses her being calling a "fucking bitch" to completely gloss over the fact that she and the left  are protecting violent criminals yet again.

What the hell is it with the left these days? 

Carry a gun to a protest but don't threaten anyone with it- get called a terrorist. Fly the Confederate flag get called a traitor. Be anyone to the right of Mao and you are labeled a "deplorable".

Yet BLM, Antifa, and their leftist ilk are just peaceful protesters- even when looting, rioting, vandalism, committing arson, murder, and taking over several square blocks of Seattle; and blocking highways on a nightly basis. There is nothing they won't condone their Brown Shirts doing.

 
 
 
Tessylo
7.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  Ronin2 @7.1    2 weeks ago

You're confused and projecting . . . as usual.  .   .   

 
 
 
JBB
7.2  seeder  JBB  replied to  MUVA @7    2 weeks ago
 
 
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