“Treating people with dignity and respect is what makes a suitable man,” Democratic Representative New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Thursday, July 23. She was reacting to a sexist insult (“fucking bitch”, “fucking bitch”) launched against her on Monday by an elected Republican, Republican representative Ted Yoho. The latter had apologized the day before, regretting the “abrupt” tone used.

But he again denied having uttered the insult in question, as reported by a journalist from the political news site The Hill, who witnessed the scene. “Being married for forty-five years and father of two daughters, I am very aware of my words,” he assured. These denials earned him a volley of green wood from the person concerned. “Having a daughter doesn’t make a man suitable. Having a wife does not make a man suitable, ”said“ AOC ”to their colleagues.

A sanction for Ted Yoho

The youngest congresswoman, 30, then pointed out that she too “was someone’s daughter”. “Fortunately, my father is no longer around to see how Mr. Yoho treats his daughter,” she added with barely contained anger. “I will not let Congress accept this apology as legitimate,” she said again.

On Monday, Ted Yoho approached his colleague on the steps of Congress to criticize her for remarks linking the increase in crime in New York to the poverty increased by the pandemic. He had accused her of being “completely mad” and “sickening”. She continued on her way, so he insulted her, according to the journalist who witnessed the scene. The elected Republican spoke to himself and just said “bullshit”, that is to say “bullshit”, then assured his spokesperson. These denials have not convinced and the leader of the Democratic majority in the House, Steny Hoyer, had felt that Mr. Yoho should be sanctioned by his peers.