A GOP lawmaker confronted New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez not in hall but on the Capitol steps, said The Hill.
One reporter overheard the brief heated exchange between the New York lawmaker and Florida Representative Ted Yoho.
According to the report, after voting Yoho stepped down the east side of the Capitol, when he approached Ocasio-Cortez who was about to vote.
Yoho told Ocasio-Cortez she was “disgusting.”
This was reportedly for suggesting that poverty and unemployment are driving a spike in crime in New York City.
This was in the backdraft of the coronavirus pandemic.
Yoho told the female lawmaker:
“You are out of your freaking mind.”
Ocasio-Cortez replied you are “rude” to Yoho.
Then Yoho reportedly said to Ocasio-Cortez: “F**king bitch.”
The Other Bystander
Besides the reporter, there was another bystander who witnessed the whole exchange, said the report.
And it is Texas Rep. Roger Williams.
Williams began descending toward the House office buildings.
He was a few steps down Yoho.
However, Williams did not offer any statement.
When asked about the exchange between the two lawmakers, he replied: “No comment.”
“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.”
“I don’t know what their topic was. There’s always a topic, isn’t there?”
No Stranger To Attacks
Ocasio-Cortez is no stranger to attacks from the right.
However, she noted that that is the only time she arrived in Congress that another lawmaker has challenged her aggressively.
The lawmaker from New York said:
“That kind of confrontation hasn’t ever happened to me — ever.
I’ve never had that kind of abrupt, disgusting kind of disrespect levied at me.”
Representing Queens And Bronx
Ocasio-Cortez represents parts of Queens and the Bronx.
These areas are two of the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Moreover, the confrontation between her and Yolo rooted from what is happening in the areas she represents.
She long advocated for policies that cut police budgets.
Also, she insisted on shifting those funding to education, mental health, and other social services.
She also suggested that the surge in crime stems from the economic hardship facing New York’s poorest communities.
Moreover, she pointed out the failure of policymakers to fund programs aimed at leveling economic disparities.
These are issues that led to Yolo having verbal sparring with her.