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White Congressman Tells AOC To Accept Colleagues Non-Apology Apology

Update: July 24 House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy believes that Rep. AOC should accept Rep. Ted Yoho’s non-apology for verbally accosting her. The moment was caught by reporters and the backlash was immediate.

After being accosted by Rep. Ted Yoho, Rep. AOC took to the House floor and called out his lack of an apology.

Rep. AOC spoke on the house floor with the anger and frustration of women across the country. She spoke about Rep. Yoho’s lack of an apology without flinching as she repeated the words said to her: “f*cking b*tch.”

“It is cultural. It is a culture of lack of impunity, of accepting violence and violent language against women, an entire structure of power that supports that,” AOC said. She added: “Mr. Yoho mentioned that he has a wife and two daughters – I am two years younger than Mr. Yoho’s youngest daughter. I am someone’s daughter, too. My father, thankfully, is not alive to see how Mr. Yoho treated his daughter. My mother got to see Mr. Yoho’s disrespect.”

Yet, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy thinks Rep. AOC should accept the apology.

Rep. McCarthy, while speaking to the press, sided with Rep. Yoho and claims to have heard a sincere apology to Rep. AOC. Fellow colleagues disagree with his assertion and his call for Rep. AOC to accept the apology she does not feel was sincere.

“When you do that to any woman,” Rep. AOC continued, “you give permission to other men to do that to his daughters.”

Update: July 22 Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called out Rep Ted Yoho for his non-apology apology. The congressman spoke on the House floor and offered some words to apologize for how his language was “misconstrued.” People are calling him out for not apologizing to Rep. AOC.

Rep. Ted Yoho spook on the House floor to address the comments against Rep. AOC.

During the speech, Rep. Yoho doesn’t address Rep. AOC directly and apologizes for the way his words were received. Rep. Yoho is reacting to the stories of him verbally berating Rep. AOC on the Capitol stairs.

“I will commit to each of you that I will conduct myself from a place of passion and understanding that policy and political disagreement be vigorously debated with the knowledge that we approach the problems facing our nation with the betterment of the country in mind and the people we serve,” Rep. Yoho said in the speech. “I cannot apologize for my passion or for loving my God, my family and my country.”

Rep. AOC was quick to call out Rep. Yoho after he didn’t address her by name.

Rep. AOC, whose sentiment was echoed by colleagues and political pundits, is called Rep. Yoho out for not apologizing. Instead, Rep. AOC points out that Rep. Yoho did not fully address her and turned the speech into a chance to frame himself as passionate as a way to excuse his comments. Rep. Yoho even said that the words “f*cking b*tch” were not intended to be addressing Rep. AOC.

Original: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is no stranger to attacks but the latest attack was a bit too far. The congresswoman was verbally attacked on the steps of the Capital in front of reporters. This one, overheard by reporters, shows a different level of disagreement in our government.

This is Representative Ted Yoho of Florida.

Rep. Yoho has been a member of Congress representing Florida’s 3rd congressional district. The district includes Gainesville, home of the University of Florida, and Ocala.

Rep. Yoho was heard on the steps of the capital calling AOC a “f*cking b*tch.”

According to The Hill, the confrontation started as the two members of Congress were passing each other on the stairs. Rep. Yoho allegedly began the altercation calling AOC “disgusting” over her comments that New York’s spike in crime has been caused by the pandemic.

“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 so … they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry,” AOC said during a virtual town hall by The Hill.

“You are out of your freaking mind,” Yoho told her, according to The Hill.

Fellow Congress members came to AOC’s defense.

The comments have stunned many who have read them but these are not a surprise, according to some. The comments echo some of the same rhetoric heard on Fox News and other right-wing media organizations.

AOC responded to Rep. Yoho and called him rude for his comments. The two continued on their ways and that’s when Rep. Yoho, who had joined Rep. Roger William of Texas, said, “Fucking bitch.” The Hill does clarify that the comment was made to no one in particular.

Some members have called out the remarks as being sexist.

Rep. Ruben Gallegos of Arizona tweeted in defense of AOC saying that he has been saying the same thing but has never been accosted like that. One thing is clear, AOC is not letting it get her down.

READ: AOC Wins Primary Election In New York In Run For A Second Term In Congress

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AOC Is Going To Be Speaking At The Democratic National Convention

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AOC Is Going To Be Speaking At The Democratic National Convention

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The Democratic National Convention is coming up and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been given one of the prime time speaking slots. AOC represents an electorate within the Democratic Party that is desperate for real change and progressive values.

AOC is going to be speaking at the Democratic National Convention and people are pumped.

The Democratic National Convention is happening from August 17 to 20 and the list of speakers is out. AOC, the outspoken congresswoman, is one of the speakers in a prime time spot. The full line up is a wide-ranging swath of politicians including Republican John Kasich.

Speakers will cover both sides of the aisle.

Monday: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (a Republican who ran against Donald Trump in the 2016 GOP primary) and former first lady Michelle Obama

Tuesday: Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, former President Bill Clinton and Jill Biden, the candidate’s spouse.

Wednesday: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former President Barack Obama and the yet-unnamed vice presidential nominee.

Thursday: New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, California Sen. Kamala Harris, the Biden family and the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Sen. Harris was recently announced as the vice-presidential nominee. This would mean that someone else would replace her on Thursday night. Rumors are circulating that it could be either Susan Rice or Stacey Abrams.

The DNC is receiving praise for offering up the slate of speakers.

The DNC is a virtual event this year because of Covid-19. If you want to watch the convention from August 17-20, you can watch it here. You can also check out the full schedule here so you know what you want to see.

READ: Joe Biden Calls Kamala Harris A ‘Fearless Fighter’ After Tapping Her To Be His Running Mate

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Joe Biden Calls Kamala Harris A ‘Fearless Fighter’ After Tapping Her To Be His Running Mate

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Joe Biden Calls Kamala Harris A ‘Fearless Fighter’ After Tapping Her To Be His Running Mate

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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