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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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Google Is Pledging $250K To Help With DACA Applications And Renewals

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Google Is Pledging $250K To Help With DACA Applications And Renewals

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is not a contentious topic among Americans. The program offers young adults who entered the U.S. as children relief from deportation and a chance to live out of the shadows. Now that it has been reinstated, Google wants to help some people achieve the dream of being a DACA recipient.

Google is pledging a quarter of a million dollars to help people apply for DACA.

The Trump administration did everything in their power to end DACA. The constant uncertainty has left hundreds of thousands of young people in limbo. The war waged against Dreamers by the Trump administration came to a temporary end when a federal judge ruled that Chad Wolf was illegally installed as the head of the Department of Homeland Security. It invalidated a member from Wolf stating that no new DACA applications would be approved.

Kent Walker, the SVP of Global Affairs, laid out the case for DACA in an essay.

Walker discusses the uncertainty the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients currently face after the tumultuous time for the program. He also touches on the economic hardships that has befallen so many because of the pandemic. With so many people out of work, some Dreamers do not have the money to apply or renew their DACA due to a lack of financial resources. For that reason, Google is getting involved.

“We want to do our part, so Google.org is making a $250,000 grant to United We Dream to cover the DACA application fees of over 500 Dreamers,” writes Walker. “This grant builds on over $35 million in support that Google.org and Google employees have contributed over the years to support immigrants and refugees worldwide, including more than $1 million from Googlers and Google.org specifically supporting DACA and domestic immigration efforts through employee giving campaigns led by HOLA (Google’s Latino Employee Resource Group).”

People are celebrating Google for their decision but are calling on Congress to do more.

Congress will ultimately have to decide on what to do for the Dreamers. There has been growing pressure from both sides of the aisle calling on Congress to work towards granting them citizenship. DACA is a risk of being dismantled at any moment. It is up to Congress to come through and deliver a bill to fix the issue once and for all.

“We know this is only a temporary solution. We need legislation that not only protects Dreamers, but also delivers other much-needed reforms,” writes Walker. “We will support efforts by the new Congress and incoming Administration to pass comprehensive immigration reform that improves employment-based visa programs that enhance American competitiveness, gives greater assurance to immigrant workers and employers, and promotes better and more humane immigration processing and border security practices.”

READ: New DACA Applications Were Processed At The End Of 2020 For The First Time In Years

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says She Faced Close Encounter And Feared For Her Life

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says She Faced Close Encounter And Feared For Her Life

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We are getting a better look into what happened at the U.S. Capitol when Trump supporters stormed the building. There have been stories of politicians with military history saving lives and horrific revelations. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently let the world know that she had a moment when she feared for her life.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is speaking out after the violent day at the Capitol building.

In an hour-long Instagram Live video, Rep. AOC spoke frankly about what happened while far-right Trump supporters stormed the building. The unruly mob turned a usually ceremonious and boring function of Congress, certifying the electoral votes, into one of the darkest days for our democracy. For Rep. AOC, it was almost the end of her life.

“As for myself, I had a pretty traumatizing event happen to me. I do not know if I can even disclose the full details of that event due to security concerns,” she said in her Instagram Live while recounting the insurrection of Jan. 6. “I can tell you that I had a very close encounter where I thought I was going to die and you have all of those thoughts where, you know, at the end of your life, and all of these thoughts come rushing to you. That’s what happened to a lot of us on Wednesday. I did not think, I did not know if I was going to make it to the end of that day alive. Not just in a general sense but also in a very, very specific sense.”

Rep. AOC also used her Instagram Live to talk about the traitorous acts she witnessed.

At the beginning of the video, Rep. AOC highlights the Republicans who helped create the dangerous insurrection. She did not hold back on naming some of the people she holds responsible for inciting the mob through rhetoric and political ambition.

“Wednesday, as you know, the president, frankly assisted by members of Congress, incited an attack on the United States Capitol,” Rep. AOC says in the video. “This is known as an act of insurrection, an act of sedition. Frankly, he is a traitor to our country, a traitor to the United States and I don’t think there’s another way you can put it. I don’t think there’s another way to put, there’s no other way to put it.”

She continued adding: “If you are Senator Ted Cruz or Senator Josh Hawley, and frankly if you are many members of Congress, you cast that vote not out of genuine belief, but you cast it out of political ambition. That is what they did. They incited an attack on the Capitol and many many many members of Congress were almost murdered. Many Congressional staffers were almost killed. Many children, children of members of Congress, were there. Children.”

Rep. AOC is not the only member of Congress sounding the alarm about colleagues making this happen.

Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., came forward to tell people about how she saw Republican members of Congress allegedly working with the rioters.

“We can’t have a democracy if members of Congress are actively helping the president overturn the elections results,” Rep. Sherrill said during a live webcast Tuesday. “And so not only do I intend to see that the president is removed and never runs for office again and doesn’t have access to classified material, I also intend to see that those members of Congress who abetted him; those members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on Jan. 5 — a reconnaissance for the next day; those members of Congress that incited this violent crowd; those members of Congress that attempted to help our president undermine our democracy; I’m going to see they are held accountable, and if necessary, ensure that they don’t serve in Congress.”

Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s chief of staff reported her own terrifying moment.

Sarah Groh told Boston Globe that she and her husband were in Rep. Pressley’s office and barricaded the door with furniture. That was when she tried to use the panic buttons for help, which she had done before. Despite never changing offices, Groh said that all of the panic buttons were gone.

READ: Ted Cruz Among Senators Facing Backlash And Calls To Resign After Mob Breaches US Capitol

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